Virginia House Majority Leader Bill Janis, R-Glen Allen, is said to be planning a run as an independent for Henrico County commonwealth’s attorney in the wake of the Republican Party’s public rejection of its nominated candidate.
WWBT references several sources who say Janis will run.
GOP leaders have called on Matt Geary to quit the race in the wake of disclosures of an extra-marital affair. Geary has acknowledged “challenges” in his marriage, but asserts they would not affect his ability to serve as commonwealth’s attorney.
Janis, 48, is a four-term delegate and an attorney with a private practice in Glen Allen. His district includes Goochland and Louisa Counties and part of Henrico County.
A member of the House Courts of Justice Committee, Janis introduced a bill this year to redraw Virginia’s judicial circuits and districts. The measure led to an ongoing study of judicial boundaries now in the hands of a Supreme Court task force.
The pressure on Geary increased when U.S. House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor Wednesday added his voice to the call for Geary to step aside from the prosecutor campaign.
Geary has a criminal defense practice with a Richmond firm. He formerly served as chief deputy for the Richmond commonwealth’s attorney.
UPDATE: WTVR reports Geary reacted with disappointment to news of a possible independent run by Janis.
Posted by Peter Vieth