In what will be at least the second Republican nomination fight in 2013, today Delegate Rob Bell of Albemarle County has announced his bid to be Virginia’s next Attorney General.
As a result, currently the field consists of two people, Delegate Rob Bell and Senator Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg. Personally, I find it rather interesting that two legislators who both represent a portion of Rockingham County are running for Ken Cuccinelli’s position. This development makes me hopeful that the Shenandoah Valley will receive a little more attention in state politics in the near future.
Here is Delegate Bell’s letter which outlines his ideas for Attorney General:
Last week, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced that he will not be running for re-election. Today I am announcing my candidacy to be Virginia’s next Attorney General.
The Attorney General is Virginia’s chief law enforcement officer, and I would bring substantial experience to the job. I began work as a state prosecutor in Orange County in 1996. During my five years there, I worked with deputies and crime victims to prosecute more than 2,400 cases. I prosecuted drunk drivers and domestic abusers and held them accountable for their actions. I worked on horrifying cases of sexual abuse. I made house calls to crime victims and gave them my home phone number, so they could reach me, day or night.
Since my election to the General Assembly in 2001, I have continued to spearhead the fight against crime. In 2004, we had a case where a sexual predator visited with students at a local elementary school while dressed as Santa Claus. I wrote the law to keep people like him out of our schools. While serving in the prosecutor’s office, I prosecuted more than 100 DUI cases, including those where people were killed. In Richmond, I wrote laws to mandate jail for drunk drivers with high blood alcohol or who had kids in the car. Last year, after the tragic death of a student at U.Va., I patroned the bill to make it easier for threatened citizens to get protective orders.
We have had successes, but there is so much more to do. Every night, there are Virginians who bar their windows and lock their doors to keep dangerous criminals at bay. I believe that’s backwards – it should be the criminals who are behind lock and key, not our citizens. Our work will be not done until any Virginian can walk anywhere, anytime, without fear of being assaulted, robbed, or worse. All Virginians – rich and poor – deserve safe neighborhoods.
Writing tough criminal laws has not been my only priority in the House of Delegates. After the Supreme Court stripped property rights away in the Kelo decision, I worked with then-Senator Ken Cuccinelli to pass a law to protect private property from abusive eminent domain. I am proud that this year we stand on the doorstep of enshrining these rights in the Virginia Constitution, and I plan on patroning the Resolution to do this. Like Senator Cuccinelli, my work was recognized by the Virginia Property Rights Coalition, which awarded me the John C. Marshall Award. In 2008, after the shooting at Virginia Tech, I worked with mental health workers and police, and patroned the bill to overhaul Virginia’s involuntary commitment laws.
I have been recognized as a conservative leader in the House, fighting against higher taxes and the expansion of government. I am proud that I received a designation from the American Conservative Union as a Defender of Liberty for my 100% score on their targeted votes.
I believe my experience as a prosecutor and a conservative lawmaker has given me the background to serve as Virginia’s next Attorney General. As Attorney General, I would continue to fight crime and to promote safer schools and neighborhoods. I would carry on Attorney General Cuccinelli’s battle to rein in unconstitutional overreach by the federal Government. I would fight to protect property rights and to eliminate unnecessary and burdensome regulations.
But this is not something I can do alone. I will need your prayers and ideas. Ultimately, to be successful, I will need your time and your financial support. Rob Bell Delegate, 58th District
I’m a conservative and a crime fighter. I ask for you to help me become Virginia’s next Attorney General.
If you would like to share your thoughts or to join the campaign, you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org – I would love to hear from you.
Delegate, 58th District
Exciting times. I’ll provide more news on this race as it becomes available.