Another Republican is throwing his hat into the ring for Virginia attorney general now that Ken Cuccinelli (R) has decided to run for governor.

Del. Robert B. Bell (R-Charlottesville), a former state prosecutor, plans to announce his candidacy at a news conference Tuesday.

“I’ve worked as a prosecutor and as a conservative crime fighter in the General Assembly for the past 10 years and I think my work has prepared me to be an effective attorney general,” Bell, 44, said in an interview Monday.

State Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) announced last week that he will explore running for attorney general in 2013.