Now that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) has indicated he will not run for re-election, others have started to think about succeeding him.
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) announced Thursday that he will explore running for attorney general in 2013.
“I'm proud to be known as common sense conservative, and I know that Virginia will need continued strong, consistent and unflinching conservative leadership in the Office of the Attorney General,”
Obenshain said in statement. “I will also work tirelessly to protect the rights of individual and families, and to promote jobs and economic development by fighting oppressive and intrusive government regulations that threaten Virginia's economic growth and prosperity.”
Obenshain’s district includes Harrisonburg and the counties of Warren, Shenandoah, Page, Rappahannock and Rockingham. He serves on Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s government reform commission
Obenshain was thought to be considering a run for lieutenant governor until Cuccinelli’s announcement. Others who are thought to be interested include Del. Rob Bell (Albemarle) and Dave Foster, who ran against Cuccinelli in 2009.