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.


Virginia State Sen. Mark Obenshain (left) and Del. Tony Wilt watch students at Thomas Harrison Middle School during music class Nov. 10, 2001 in Harrisonburg. (Nikki Fox/Daily News-Record)

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.