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Meet Democratic Attorney General Candidate Justin Fairfax

Fairfax, 34, has a history as a federal prosecutor in Alexandria, working drug and human trafficking cases.

Justin Fairfax says his commitment to protecting the security of and opportunity for Virginia’s families will help him win the Democratic nomination for attorney general of Virginia in next week’s primary, as well as the general election in November.

Fairfax, 34, is a former federal prosecutor who served as the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. During his time in the office, he served in the major crimes and narcotics unit of the Alexandria Division and had a seat in the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force.

It’s that experience that has given Fairfax the confidence to run for attorney general of the Commonwealth.

“I got to focus on protecting young families and our children,” Fairfax told Patch from the road Thursday. “We want to do that on a statewide scale.”

Fairfax has been campaigning against who has seven years of experience in public office.

Fairfax and Herring have both campaigned on the platform that they will be a different kind of attorney general than Ken Cuccinelli, the current Republican nominee for governor.

Fairfax and Herring want to take the politics out of the job, pointing to Cuccinelli’s attacks on abortion and President Barack Obama’s healthcare law as instances in which he's brought party politics into statements and decisions.

But Fairfax’s history as a prosecutor sets him apart from his Democratic opponent.

Fairfax left the U.S. Attorney’s office nine months ago to focus on the campaign, and things have progressed quickly.

“In that time we’ve come very far very fast,” Fairfax said.

His history as a prosecutor has won Fairfax some big endorsements, including the stamp of approval from The Washington Post.

“Mr. Fairfax … is the more dynamic candidate and our choice for the Democratic nomination,” Post editorial staff wrote in their endorsement. “Mr. Herring has a greater range of experience, but Mr. Fairfax combines an agile and impressive command of the issues with a prosecutor’s passion for justice.”

Fairfax recently went on a statewide “Security and Opportunity Tour,” during which he and his camp told Virginians that if he were elected, he would work to safeguard their security and give them more economic opportunities.

“People have gotten very excited about our message,” Fairfax told Patch Thursday.

Herring narrowly led Fairfax in a May 29 poll by Public Policy Polling, in which 3 percent more Democrats said they would vote for Herring. Herring also holds a lead in fundraising efforts.

But Fairfax is focused on making one final push for supporters in the coming days, and agrees with the endorsement from the Post about his qualifications.

“We feel like we’re in a really strong position to win,” he said.

Fairfax received his degree from Duke University and graduated from Columbia Law School. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and two children.

Learn more about Justin Fairfax on his website.

Rachel Messenger June 07, 2013 at 10:24 PM
I think its interesting that there is no link to Mr. Fairfax's web site in this article, seems unfair.
Michael Cooksey June 08, 2013 at 12:41 AM
http://www.justinfairfax.com/ Next time, try google or bing
Vicki June 08, 2013 at 12:14 PM
Michael, I think her point was that there was such a link in the article about Herring.
William Callahan June 08, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Hi Rachel, That link has been added. Thanks for your comment.
TheRepublican June 08, 2013 at 06:55 PM
And just exactly what does this socialist plan to do for us? Well he wants to be attorney general, so you can count on the following: 1. Legalize all abortion at any age without any adult consent or supervision and have it paid for all by tax payers. 2. Gun registration and tracking laws so that when Obama cuts his deal with the U.N. to sieze the US they'll know who has the guns an force them to surrender. 3. Force everyone into socialized medicine whether they iike it or not. 4. Force us to adopt energy policies based on the myth of global warming. All just to put the oil companies out of business. 5. Force companies to promote women ahead of men, when they really ought to be home taking care of kids and letting men do the real work. 6. Increase taxes on everyone with a job so all the lazy people on welfare and all the students (hint: anyone doing anything to avoid working) can get more government welfare. 7. Disguise heavy taxes on everyone as infrastructure when they're really going to finance the Democrats war against normal thinking people. 8. Force people to experiment with gaydom. And that's just the few I can think off!
oldtowner June 08, 2013 at 09:01 PM
yeah, right, Repub.....and don't forget meds for paranoid people who think the UN is going to seize the US....your points don't even deserve to be dignified by a response....
Chuck Stein June 08, 2013 at 10:02 PM
I think The Republican has been exposed as a Democratic troll previously.
NoBS June 09, 2013 at 11:13 AM
"Force people to experiment with gaydom." Where or what is gaydom?
Jana June 09, 2013 at 12:19 PM
That made me laugh so hard I almost spit my coffee out! The scary thing is there are people who really think those things are true!
The Analyst June 09, 2013 at 07:07 PM
I think "The Republican" is being "exposed" by other Republicans that either don't want to acknowledge that this is how pathetic their party has gotten or simply don't want other people in the country to know what they're actually thinking. Virtually every single point "The Republican" has stated in his post above has been verbally espoused by many prominent Republicans or their talking heads at Fox News. These are not atypical Republican positions and talking points. IMHO the Republican party would like you to think that the character "The Republican" isn't real, when in fact he/she likely represents the "standard" viewpoint of at least 50% of them. It's been a long standing policy of the Republicans to publish non-sense and conspiracy theories through the media (Fox news, Limbaugh, Beck, etc) and this is the end result. I've said before, I'll say it again: You reap what you sew.
Gerald E Berg June 09, 2013 at 10:03 PM
The difficulty I have with Mr Fairfax campaign is that it is premised nearly exclusively on his brief stint as a federal prosecutor--and on the common misconception that the Attorney General is a 'prosecutor' --or as the media likes to say 'the state's top cop.' The AG is neither. The office's primary constitutional function is as legal adviser to the Governor and to state agencies--which is not glamorous crime-fighting super-hero stuff. If Mr. Fairfax' wishes to pursue and prosecute criminals--surely a laudable ambition--may I suggest he run for Commonwealth's Attorney or maybe Sheriff in his home county--not for Attorney General of the Commonwealth.
Java Master June 10, 2013 at 03:51 AM
And how much is a WaPo endorsement really worth these days? Not all that much in my book. Some may disagree...(shrug) Another politically ambitious prosecutor out to make a name for himself on the thinnest and the most predictable of platforms. I'll take experience in elective office and tangible results over being "dynamic" any day. ( And what would WaPo editorial writers know about "dynamic" anyway?)
Gerald E Berg June 10, 2013 at 11:48 AM
It does not take a PHD to deduce that a June 11 primary vote for Fairfax--is a vote for Obenshain's election in November. This old Democrat remembers Obenshain's late dad fondly. I doubt that the late Dick Obenshain --or his pal Ron Reagan--would have approved of the measures taken by the last 2 Administrations--in the name of--ahem--fighting terrorism.
Gerald E Berg June 10, 2013 at 12:34 PM
I have always mostly voted a straight Democratic ticket--except in local elections. (How do you spell discerning Democrat.) Herring and Northam are Democrats that will surely get my vote in November. And I kind of like Terry McAuliffe too--except for all that 'Green' stuff.
Gerald E Berg June 10, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Va Dem Primary election --and several local party primaries across the state. on Tuesday June 11 The turnout is expected to be laughably low--thank you corporate media. Looks like the LaRouche candidates are running well under the radar, as usual.
TheRepublican June 10, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Chuck Stein wrote: "I think The Republican has been exposed as a Democratic troll previously." Wrong! What I'll tell you is that Chuck Stein is a confirmed RINO. People like Chuck Stein are classical old time cut-a-deal with the devil tax and spend make believe Republicans. Why do they even call themselves Republicans? Because they're too lazy to work and they want to be politiciians that go to congress and work 3 days a month and get paid a fortune to do it. The Democrat position was filled so they say their Republcans and get a 50/50 shot at winning their dream lazy job. No more RINOs! No more socialists! No more compromise!
TheRepublican June 10, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Gaydom is short for gay kingdom, meaning gay realm. The Democrat and RINO Republican government will eventually pass laws forcing all people to experiment with being gay to be sure they're not gay. Democrats are hoping that this will convince some confused people into thinking they're gay and then voting Democratic. It would bee a small win but might swing the elections closer to a socialist victory.

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