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BREAKING NEWS: Armstrong won't run for AG

Monday, December 3, 2012

Former Virginia Delegate and House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong on Monday announced that he would not run for attorney general, instead choosing to endorse state Sen. Mark Herring.

“I am grateful to receive Ward's endorsement,” Herring, D-Loudoun and Fairfax counties, said in a statement Monday. “Throughout his career in public service, Ward has fought passionately for his constituents and for the Commonwealth. I appreciate his confidence that I am the right person to carry our party’s banner as its nominee for Attorney General in 2013.”

Armstrong, D-Bassett, said last year that he was considering running for lieutenant governor or attorney general himself after losing in his attempt to unseat Republican Charles Poindexter, R-Glade Hill, for the 9th District seat in 2011.

In deciding not to run for state office next year, Armstrong told media outlets Monday that he intended to focus on his family for now.

“My twenty years in the House of Delegates, particularly the last four as the Democratic Leader, required considerable time and attention – time that could not be spent with my family and on the operation of my small business,” Armstrong, an attorney, said in a news release. “My public service was important despite the cost. But for the immediate future my family and my clients now deserve my focus.”

However, Armstrong added that his decision not to run this year should not be viewed as a retirement from public life.

“I hope that my decision will not be perceived as an exit from Virginia politics,” Armstrong said. “I still believe I have more contributions to make to this great state.”

On Monday, Armstrong ruled out another run for a General Assembly seat but said he remains interested in running for statewide office “down the road.” In the meantime, Armstrong said he plans to expand his law practice to Richmond, splitting time between the state capital and his home base in Martinsville.


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