Democrats are calling on Fairfax County Clerk of Court John Frey to resign his job after announcing that he would run for attorney general in 2013.
“I don’t care whether he runs or not, but Fairfax County taxpayers should not be subsidizing Mr. Frey’s campaign to the tune of $135,000 a year while he gallivants around the state seeking votes,” Fairfax County Democratic Chairman Rex Simmons said. “Running the county courts is a full-time job. The clerk of court plays a key role in the administration of our courts. He supervises about 100 county employees, and the Fairfax courts are among the busiest in Virginia year-round.”
In recent days, Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) and Sen. Mark Obenshan (R-Harrisonburg) have both said they are interested in succeeding Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who announced that he would run for governor. Dave Foster of Arlington, a Republican who ran against Cuccinelli in 2009, is also considering another run.
Frey, also a Republican, told Post reporter Tom Jackman he was running because, “I think we need a different perspective from the other candidates.’’
Frey has been Fairfax clerk since 1992, and is not stepping down from his post. His term lasts until 2015.
Simmons said serious conflicts of interest could arise if Frey solicits and accepts campaign donations from attorneys, law firms and other businesses and individuals with matters before the courts. “The county’s top court administrator must avoid conflicts of interest or even the appearance of such improprieties to ensure the integrity of our judicial system,” he said.
So far, no Democrat has announced for attorney general but several have expressed interest.