July 26, 2013
The Virginia National Organization for Women (NOW) PAC today announced its endorsement of Senator Mark Herring as the most capable and experienced candidate for the office of Virginia Attorney General and the candidate most in tune with the needs of Virginia women and families.
The Attorney General is the Commonwealth’s lawyer and has a wide range of responsibilities on issues related to protecting the safety and welfare of Virginians and supporting the laws of the Commonwealth. With years of experience in local and state government, Senator Herring has an exceptional understanding of these issues and a commitment to represent the interests of all Virginians and to restore respect to the Office of Attorney General.
In contrast to the controversy-riddled tenure of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Senator Herring will bring an even-handed and fair approach to the Office of Attorney General. On the issue of regulations for women’s clinics, Senator Herring has stated that he interprets the law as allowing current women’s health clinics to continue to operate under the licensing standards in place in 2011 rather than require them to meet the hospital-level standards put in place by Cuccinelli. Two clinics have already closed due to these unnecessary and unrealistic standards dealing with such matters as parking places and hall widths. On another highly controversial issue – health care reform – Senator Herring led the General Assembly effort to implement the Affordable Care Act and fought to expand Medicaid to uninsured Virginians.
Virginia NOW welcomes Senator Herring’s pledge to keep Virginia families safe in practical ways that will have a positive effect on us all. In particular, we applaud Senator Herring’s focus on preventing gun violence, cracking down on designer drugs, protecting older adults from financial and other abuse, combating sexual and domestic violence, ensuring LGBT civil rights, arresting internet predators, and protecting voting rights.
The Virginia NOW PAC was established in 1978. It endorses candidates at the state and local level who support NOW positions on a wide range of social justice issues affecting women and families. Virginia NOW is a membership organization with chapters in Alexandria, Arlington, Charlottesville, Fairfax County, Fredericksburg, Tidewater, Montgomery County, the Richmond area, Rockbridge County, the Vienna-McLean area, and Williamsburg.
— Virginia NOW PAC Co-Chairs Diana Egozcue and Marj Signer