FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, June 30th, 2021
“Virginia is for Criminals”
Republican Nominee for Attorney General Jason Miyares’ Statement on Virginia’s New Status:
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Virginia is no longer for lovers. On July 1st, thanks to new liberal, far-left policies, Virginia will become a state for criminals. Virginia’s new “bail law” means that violent criminals arrested for assault, gang violence, and sex/human trafficking could be released back onto our streets. Oftentimes these violent criminals return with a desire to seek revenge on victims or those reporting their crimes. Additionally, radical liberals in Richmond abolished the death penalty - even in the case of terror, mass murder, or those killing law enforcement officers.
“Over the past eight years, Mark Herring and his liberal allies in Richmond have pushed forward a criminal first, victim last mentality. These new laws are yet another example. Combined with a Parole Board that releases violent criminals, Virginians will be less safe.
By siding with the radical liberals in the General Assembly and serving as the Parole Board’s attorney, Mark Herring has failed Virginians as our Top Cop. Under Attorney General Mark Herring, violent crimes have risen in Virginia and our murder rate is at its highest since the turn of the century. Mark Herring’s failure is why sheriffs, prosecutors, and law enforcement leaders all over the Commonwealth have endorsed my campaign for Attorney General. I’m proud to have the endorsement of the Police Benevolent Association, which had previously supported Herring but has rejected his failed leadership and soft on crime approach to law enforcement.
As Attorney General, I promise to put an end to the criminal-first mentality and enforce commonsense laws that will keep our communities safe. It’s time to have an Attorney General who will work with police, not defund them, and give them the tools to do their job. Mark Herring’s vision for law enforcement is a catch and release program. My vision for law enforcement is keeping violent criminals off our streets, out of our neighborhoods, and in prison where they belong.”
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….”