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Fishwick drops out of AG race

Roanoke attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. today announced he will not run for the Democratic nomination for Virginia Attorney General.

In a news release, Fishwick said “I have concluded that for now my role should remain in the aggressive private practice of law, fighting against injustice and for people whose lives and livelihood depend on that representation.”

Fishwick said he raised $160,000 and expected to be able to win sufficient donations to finance a race.  Reflecting over the holidays, however, he concluded that he did not want to give up his law practice to undertake a statewide campaign.

“This process has been great for me, but at the end of the day it’s not the right time for me to do this,” Fishwick said.

The Fishwick announcement leaves only Del. Steve Shannon of Fairfax as a contender for the Democratic AG nomination.  Republicans may have three candidates to choose from: state Sen. Ken Cuccinelli of Fairfax, former U.S. Attorney John Brownlee of Roanoke, and former Arlington School Board chairman Dave Foster.

By Peter Vieth

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