Campaign Update

Safe Communities

08/05/2013 | News |

Dear Friend,

On Thursday and Friday of last week, I had the pleasure to join many friends in the public safety community at the annual Virginia Association of Commonwealth's Attorneys meeting in Virginia Beach. As a State Senator, I have relied on our Commonwealth's Attorneys to provide advice and help on criminal justice and budget issues, and have worked with them on a number of important public safety bills. As you can read from the Washington Post report, there was once again a clear difference between my message -- focused on how as Attorney General I'll work with prosecutors to make our communities safer -- and my opponent's strident attacks. 

Obenshain, a state senator from Harrisonburg, shook his head as Herring spoke but did not directly respond to his comments when his turn came. He said he would focus his remarks on what he would do as attorney general “rather than engaging in the same type of hyper-partisan political attack.”

Obenshain touted his work on the Senate Courts of Justice Committee, where he said he had endeavored to improve criminal law — pushing for mandatory life sentences for child rape, for instance — in close consultation with prosecutors from around the state.

“As attorney general, an important part of my job is going to be to help you,” he said. “I want you to know that my door will always be open to the prosecutors and Commonwealth’s attorneys across the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Obenshain said.

I want to be an Attorney General who will work with all Virginians to increase opportunity and make our neighborhoods safer. With your help, we'll continue to take that message to all corners of the Commonwealth. 

Tomorrow night, I'm going to be joining the Manassas City Police Department at their National Night Out. National Night Out (NNO) events are an opportunity for local, state and federal law enforcement and communities to promote unity and partnership in combating crime in our neighborhoods. I encourage you to join me at the Manassas Museum Lawn tomorrow evening at 6pm, or to participate in the National Night Out in your area to support the efforts of our public safety officials whose mission is to protect our citizens. You can find a list of participating localities at

Thank you again for all you do, and please share photos of the NNO in your area with me at @MarkObenshain

Best regards, 

Mark Obenshain

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