John T. Frey, the clerk of the Fairfax County Circuit Court since 1992, and Republican candidate for Virginia attorney general since last December, has announced he is withdrawing from the race.

Though Democrats demanded last year that Frey resign his circuit clerk’s job, he declined. He will hold that post at least until 2015 (circuit clerks are elected to eight-year terms). State Sen. Mark Herring of Loudoun (and part of Fairfax) and former federal prosecutor Justin Fairfax (of Annandale) are running for the Democratic nomination in next year’s general election to succeed Centreville’s Ken Cuccinelli, who has declared his intentions for the governor’s race. The Democrats also demanded he resign as attorney general. He also declined.

Frey did not return a message seeking comment Monday.

H/T: Zachary Kitts, Fairfax