FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, June 28th, 2021
Republican Nominee for Attorney General Jason Miyares Announces Endorsement from the Virginia Police Benevolent Association:
Today, the Miyares for Attorney General campaign is proud to announce an endorsement from the Virginia Police Benevolent Association. The PBA, also known as the “Voice of Law Enforcement Officers” is composed of law enforcement officers throughout Virginia. The group has a history of endorsing candidates on both sides of the aisle, and in 2013 they endorsed Mark Herring for Attorney General. In 2021, the PBA is supporting a former prosecutor who is committed to supporting law enforcement and ensuring that those who commit violent crimes do their time.
President of the Virginia Benevolent Association Joseph Woloszyn said “The Virginia Police Benevolent Association is proud to endorse Jason Miyares for Attorney General. With crime skyrocketing and Virginia’s murder rate at its highest this century, it is more important than ever to have an Attorney General like Jason Miyares. Through his work as a prosecutor and in the House of Delegates, Jason has shown a dedication to public safety and we are confident that he will put forward policies to stop the rise in crime.”
“As a former prosecutor, I’m honored to have the endorsement of the brave men and women of the Police Benevolent Association.” said Jason Miyares. “During my time in the Commonwealth’s Attorney's office, I worked every day with law enforcement to keep violent criminals and drug dealers off our streets and our communities safe. I have been a champion of law enforcement in the House of Delegates and will continue to do so as our next Attorney General. As Virginia’s next “Top Cop” it’s time to end the criminal first, victim last mindset supported by Mark Herring that has led to the highest murder rate in decades. I will be an Attorney General who will work with our law enforcement instead of against them.”
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….”