At First Debate, Adams Highlights Experience in Public Service, Legal Credentials

Draws Clear Contrast from Career Politician Mark Herring
VIRGINIA BEACH – At the Virginia State Bar Attorney General Debate today, John Adams, the Republican nominee for attorney general, highlighted the distinct difference between himself, a first-time candidate who has spent the majority of his career in public service, and his opponent, Mark Herring, a politician who has used the Office of the Attorney General to pursue his political agenda.

Throughout the debate, Adams shared with the attorneys in the room his experience protecting Virginia families, children, and communities as a Naval officer, federal prosecutor, and lawyer in private practice. An accomplished lawyer, Adams drew on his legal background helping manage one of Virginia’s largest law firms, as a federal prosecutor in the Richmond office, and as an associate counsel in the White House.
“I have never run for office before,” said Adams during the debate. “But I decided to get into the arena for the first time because of what I decided is the extreme politicization of the attorney general’s office. And candidates have been talking about this for a long time, on the left and the right. And what I have determined is the way to get the politics out of the attorney general’s office is to get the politicians out of the attorney general’s office. So I am running as a lawyer.”
In contrast, Adams highlighted the unwillingness of Herring, a career-politician who has spent 14 years in elected office at the state and local level, to defend the laws of Virginia. Adams reminded lawyers at the Virginia State Bar’s annual conference that Herring has repeatedly refused to defend his client, the Commonwealth of Virginia, choosing politics over people, and at times has chosen political grandstanding over acting in the best interest of his client.
“When I am attorney general of Virginia, first and foremost, I will always put the interests of the Commonwealth of Virginia before my own political or personal preferences,” Adams continued during the debate. “…. When the citizens of Virginia enact laws through their legislature, I am going to defend them, whether I agree with them or not.”