FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, June 8th, 2021
Statement from Jason Miyares on the Democrat Nominee for Attorney General
Jason Miyares, the Republican nominee for Attorney General, issued the following statement:
"Tonight, Virginia Democrats chose the radical, left-wing path and nominated Mark Herring as their candidate for Virginia Attorney General-- thanks to an influx of national progressive cash to save Herring’s failing campaign. Under Mark Herring’s leadership, the Attorney General’s office has become radically liberal and more dangerous. The office no longer respects the rule of law and instead makes every decision trying to please left-wing extremists who now control the Virginia Democrat Party.
Attorney General Herring has chosen to side with criminals over law abiding citizens. Attorney General Herring and the Democrat led legislature supported laws that will bring more violent crimes into our neighborhoods-- releasing violent offenders from prison through a liberal, lenient parole system; supporting bail reform that allows the release of those charged with violent crimes immediately; voiding mandatory minimum sentencing for violent criminals so these criminals will get lighter sentences; and supporting a continued assault upon our police officers.
As the only former prosecutor in this race, I will return the Attorney General’s office to its proper law enforcement role. I will work to ensure our streets are safe and violent criminals remain locked up to promote public safety."
About Jason Miyares
Jason Miyares is the first Latino nominated by either political party for statewide office in Virginia history. If elected, he would be only the third minority, and first Latino, elected in the Commonwealth.
Jason Miyares was born and raised in Virginia. He graduated from Salem High School in Virginia Beach, James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and earned his law degree from William & Mary where he served on the Honor Council.
Following law school, Jason Miyares served as a prosecutor in Virginia Beach where he had a greater than 90% conviction rate.
Jason Miyares was elected to the House of Delegates in 2015 and has served on the Court of Justice committee during his time in the General Assembly. During this past legislative session Jason was a vocal opponent and led the fight against the death penalty repeal.
Jason Miyares gets his inspiration to serve from his mother, Miriam Maria Miyares, who fled communist Cuba in 1965 as a teenager with nothing but the clothes on her back and no idea where her next meal would come from. She legally immigrated to the United States and instilled in her three sons a passionate love of the freedom and democracy of America. Above all, his mother’s story of losing everything she owned to the horrors of socialism taught Jason Miyares firsthand the truth of Ronald Reagan’s maxim that “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction… it must be fought for, protected and handed on….”