Richmond lawyer John Adams has secured the Republican Party’s nomination for Virginia Attorney General.
Running in his first-ever political race, Adams will take on Democrat incumbent Mark Herring in the Nov. 8 general election.
“I am incredibly honored to be the Republican nominee for Attorney General. I pledge to you that I will work tirelessly in the coming days and weeks to earn the support of all Virginians ahead of this November’s critical election,” Adams posted on social media.
Adams was the only Republican Attorney General candidate to secure at least 10,000 signatures from registered voters, including 400 from each of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts, needed to get his name on the Republican primary ballot. Chuck Smith, a former Navy JAG officer and chair of the Republican Party of Virginia Beach, was the only other challenger for the Republican nomination after Del. Rob Bell suspended his campaign in February.
Adams has focused primary campaign around being the best candidate to thwart Herring. Speaking at the Fairfax County Republican Committee Straw Poll on March 25, Adams criticized Herring for “undermining our very form of self government,” saying he didn’t listen to the will of Virginians by opposing right to work laws and by “furthering his own liberal political agenda.”
“It’s a miracle in the modern world where we live a society where we decide the rules we live under,” Adams said. “All of that is threatened when your Attorney General picks and chooses what laws we pass that he will enforce.”
Adams, an attorney with Richmond-based McGuireWoods law firm, is a former Naval officer and graduate of Virginia Military Institute and the University of Virginia law school. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clearance Thomas and worked for the administration of former President George W. Bush.
The Republican Party of Virginia confirmed that all other GOP statewide office candidates secured placement on the June 13 primary ballot. They include gubernatorial candidates Ed Gillespie, Corey Stewart and Frank Wagner, as will Lt. Governor candidates Glen Davis, Bryce Reeves and Jill Vogel.