WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Two Northern Virginians Face Off For Democratic Attorney General Nod

Play associated audio
The Democratic candidates for Virginia's top attorney are ready to square off soon.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fabliaux/383476178/
The Democratic candidates for Virginia's top attorney are ready to square off soon.

Virginia Democrats go to the polls next week to select candidates for November's general election. The race for attorney general is hotly contested.

State Senator Mark Herring of Loudoun County faces former federal prosecutor Justin Fairfax. Both candidates are from Northern Virginia, which means the region may end up choosing the winner.

"When the race started, Herring was sort of seen as the favorite because Fairfax is sort of a lesser known person," says Kyle Kondik, an analyst with the University of Virginia Center for Politics. "But I think Fairfax has run kind of a decent race, and so I think it's to the point where it's kind of unclear who the favorite might be going into the primary."

Herring supporters say that he has a solid legislative record and a history of winning elections in areas that are tough for Democrats. Arlington state Senator Barbara Favola is among his backers.

"I think the fact that Mark Herring comes from Loudoun, which is such a swing district, is going to matter," Favola says. "He has actually demonstrated he can win in Republican-leaning districts."

Kerry Donley is a former mayor of Alexandria and former state party chairman who is supporting Justin Fairfax.

"One of the things I think is important about Justin is that is he is a former federal prosecutor. He was a prosector in the Eastern District here in Alexandria at the federal court. And so he brings a law and order perspective."

Whichever Democrat wins next week, he faces an uphill climb. Republicans have won the seat in every election since 1985.

NPR

If 'Carmichael Show' Topics Feel Uncomfortable, That's Because They're Real

Jerrod Carmichael says that the complicated family debates on his NBC comedy series are inspired by real life. "I grew up in a household that's very argumentative ... in a very healthy way," he says.
NPR

Why Chobani Gave Employees A Financial Stake In Company's Future

Workers at the yogurt-maker got a potential windfall when the company said it would give them shares that could be worth up to 10 percent of the firm. It reflects a rising trend in employee ownership.
WAMU 88.5

The Politics Hour - April 29, 2016

Kojo reviews Maryland's primary results and what they mean for the region and November's elections. The Supreme Court hears arguments in the case of Virginia's former governor. And a major funder of youth programs in the District is bankrupt.

NPR

Weighing The Good And The Bad Of Autonomous Killer Robots In Battle

It sounds like science fiction, but it's a very real and contentious debate that is making its way through the U.N. Advocates of a ban want all military weapons to be under "meaningful human control."

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.