Obenshain continues to roll over his “competition”

Posted: August 16, 2013 by Terrence J. Boulden in Uncategorized


Fifty-Six Commonwealth’s Attorneys Endorse Mark Obenshain for Attorney General

08/16/2013 | PRESS |

For Immediate Release
August 16, 2013

Contact: Paul Logan
Phone: 804.573.9638
Email: paul@markobenshain.com

Fifty-Six Commonwealth’s Attorneys Endorse
Mark Obenshain for Attorney General 

Coalition of 22 Independent Prosecutors and 34 Republicans from
around the Commonwealth support Mark Obenshain for Attorney General

WINCHESTER – Joined by prosecutors and other public safety officials in Winchester today, Mark Obenshain announced the “Commonwealth’s Attorneys for Obenshain” Coalition. The coalition of fifty-six Independent and Republican prosecutors laid out their reasons for supporting Mark Obenshain as the best choice for Virginia’s next Attorney General. A full list of Commonwealth’s Attorneys who have endorsed Mark Obenshain is available below. Senator Obenshain received “Champions of Justice Award” from the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys in 2011 and serves on the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Senator Obenshain said, “Government has no higher duty than ensuring the safety of those we serve. I am honored to have the support of so many of Virginia’s respected Commonwealth’s Attorneys, many of whom I have had the privilege to work with during my time in the Senate to make our communities safer. Early in my Senate career, we partnered together to expand Multi-Jurisdictional Grand Juries to cover gang violence, and since then, I have continued to work closely with our Commonwealth’s Attorneys to make sure that they have the tools they need to prosecute criminals and keep our communities safe.”

Obenshain continued, “I am committed to working with our dedicated prosecutors on new initiatives to keep Virginians safe. I recently unveiled a detailed plan for combating elder abuse and neglect – a cause I have been passionately involved in for more than 20 years. The plan includes the establishment of an Elder Abuse Prevention Center in the AG’s office to bring together existing expertise and to provide more guidance and technical assistance in investigating and prosecuting elder abuse. I will also work to make Virginia a leader in combating human trafficking and to keep our children safe from predators.”

“Fighting crime is not a partisan issue, and I’m grateful for the support of so many of our talented independent Commonwealth’s Attorneys,” Obenshain added. “We will continue to lay out substantive plans to make sure that whether at home, work or school, that we’re doing our job to protect our citizens from those who would do them harm.”

Senator Obenshain spoke last month at the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys annual meeting in Virginia Beach. His speech, as prepared is available at http://markobenshain.com/press/story/151

Commonwealth’s Attorneys for Mark Obenshain

Edward Stein – Alleghany County/Covington City (I)
Stephanie Maddox – Amherst County (I)
Darrel Puckett – Appomattox County (I)
Chris Singleton – Bath County (I)
Randy Krantz – Bedford County (I)
Erin Dehart – Bland County (R)
Joel Branscom – Botetourt County (R)
Christopher Russell – Buena Vista City (I)
Paul McAndrews – Campbell County (I)
Nathan Lyons – Carroll County (R)
Nancy Parr – Chesapeake City (R)
William Davenport – Chesterfield County (R)
Bill Bray – Colonial Heights City (I)
Thad Cox – Craig County (I)
Michael Newman – Danville City (I)
Josh Newberry – Dickenson County (R)
Lisa Caruso – Dinwiddie County (R)
Vince Donoghue – Essex County (R)
Jim Fisher – Fauquier County (R)
Ross Spicer – Frederick County (R)
Jeffrey Haislip  – Fluvanna County (I)
La Bravia Jenkins – Fredericksburg City (I)
Holly Smith – Gloucester County (R)
Claiborne Stokes, Jr. – Goochland County (R)
Patricia Watson – Greensville County/Emporia City (I)
Michael Freshour – Halifax County (R)
Trip Chalkley – Hanover County (R)
Robert Cunningham – Lancaster County (R)
Shawn Hines – Lee County (R)
Jim Plowman – Loudoun County (R)
Rusty McGuire – Louisa County (R)
George Webb – Madison County (I)
Mary Pettitt – Montgomery County (R)
Linwood Gregory – New Kent County (I)
Diana Wheeler – Orange County (I)
Ken Alger – Page County (I)
David Grimes – Pittsylvania County (R)
Earle Mobley – Portsmouth City (R)
Bob Beasley – Powhatan County (R)
Jay Paul – Prince George County (I)
Art Goff – Rappahannock County (I)
Wayne Emery – Richmond County (I)
Randy Leach – Roanoke County (R)
Marsha Garst – Rockingham County/Harrisonburg City (R)
Thomas Bowers – Salem City (I)
Marcus McClung – Scott County (R)
Amanda Wiseley – Shenandoah County (I)
Eric Olsen – Stafford County (R)
Harvey Bryant – Virginia Beach City (R)
Brian Madden – Warren County (R)
Nicole Price – Washington County (R)
Nathan Green – Williamsburg City/James City County (R)
Alex Iden – Winchester City (R)
Ron Elkins – Wise County/Norton City (R)
Gerald Mabe – Wythe County (R)
Benjamin Hahn – York County/City of Poquoson (R)


Lisa Caruso (R)
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Dinwiddie County

“I am supporting Mark Obenshain because as a state senator, he has been a leader in supporting law enforcement.
“He patroned the legislation that established new mandatory minimums for repeat drug offenders and sexual predators. He takes domestic violence seriously and toughened laws involving repeat violations of protective orders.
“As Attorney General he will continue to protect Virginia’s children, our citizens, our families, and our communities.”

Diana Wheeler (I)
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Orange County
“Mark Obenshain is the best candidate for Attorney General because of his proven track record of ensuring public safety in Virginia.  He understands and appreciates the role Commonwealth’s Attorneys play in keeping Virginia communities a safe environment for families and children.  I look forward to working with Mark over the next four years to make Virginia the best possible place to live for future generations.”

La Bravia Jenkins (I)
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Fredericksburg City

“Working in the trenches with Virginia’s Commonwealth’s Attorneys is nothing new to Mark Obenshain, and it showed through in his address in Virginia Beach a couple weeks ago at the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ conference. As I listened to the two candidates for Attorney General, it was clear that Mark Obenshain has a well-thought-out plan to help Commonwealth’s Attorneys keep Virginians safe.  Mark Obenshain has a deep knowledge of the issues that Commonwealth’s Attorneys deal with on a daily basis and the right experience to be a partner with us in keeping our communities safe. That’s why I’m endorsing him to be Virginia’s next Attorney General.”

Art Goff (I)
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Rappahannock County

“Senator Mark Obenshain supports law enforcement and has voted for key pieces of legislation that toughen the penalties for certain very serious crimes. His legislative record reflects a commitment to effective prosecution of violent and predatory sexual offenders. I know Mark to be soundly conservative, but pragmatic as well and willing to hear the views of others and to seek a common ground.  Mark is an excellent, thorough lawyer with trial experience. He obviously knows the law in Virginia. He is an effective advocate for his clients and has won the trust and confidence of the Bar and the Bench. With such qualifications, I am very sure that Virginia will be served well by Mark Obenshain. He certainly has my confidence and support.”

George Webb (I)
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Madison County

“I support Mark Obenshain in this election because I believe he stands for the core law and order value that we need here in the Commonwealth.”

Harvey Bryant (R)
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Virginia Beach City

“Mark’s initiatives and plans to strengthen public safety make him the clear choice for Attorney General. His consistent support for law enforcement issues is admired and appreciated by all who are engaged in keeping our communities safe.”

Randy Krantz (I)
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Bedford County

“I am supporting Mark Obenshain for Attorney General because he understands and shares the mission of local law enforcement to  protect the public safety and to provide equal protection of the laws for all citizens. As the next Attorney General he will be an ally of those who protect and serve the Commonwealth.”

Marsha Garst (R)
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Rockingham County/Harrisonburg City

“I support Mark because he has always stood by prosecutors and law enforcement passing legislation that helps us do our jobs better. He is a proven leader with the experience to back it up.”

Chris Russell (I)
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Buena Vista City

“Mark Obenshain has proven himself to be an ally of Commonwealth’s Attorneys in every corner of Virginia.  He has fought for improvements in public safety and has worked to provide local law enforcement professionals the resources required to promote justice throughout the Commonwealth.  I am pleased to support Mark Obenshain and look forward to working with him as Virginia’s next Attorney General.”

Michael Newman (I)
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Danville City

“For the past few years, I have witnessed Mark Obenshain work with Commonwealth’s Attorney’s to ensure that our communities are safe.  Mark has successfully carried several bills through the General Assembly that provided prosecutors the tools necessary to fight violent crime.  He understands that issues are different in various regions across Virginia, so I know he will continue to work hard to make sure Commonwealth’s Attorney’s and law enforcement in Southside Virginia are heard in Richmond.  Senator Obenshain has the vision, experience, and the passion to be an outstanding Attorney General.”

Nancy Parr (R)
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Chesapeake City

“Mark’s speech at the Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Association conference this summer laid out a plan that matches his record of setting aside partisan politics to make our communities safer.”

Joel Branscom (R)
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Botetourt County

“Senator Mark Obenshain is not a Johnny come lately in his support for public safety initiatives.  He has stood with prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and victims of crime on every important piece of public safety legislation since he joined the Senate.  As a member of the Senate Court of Justice Committee, his legislation and leadership have been instrumental in providing law enforcement the tools to make Virginia a safer place to live.”


Mark’s website: http://www.markobenshain.com

Mark on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/markobenshain

Mark on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markobenshain

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