CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Democrat Mark Herring has held the position of Attorney General of Virginia since January 2014 and is seeking a third term.

As part of CBS19's Know Your Ballot series, we asked Herring what his top priorities would be if he were to be re-elected to the position.

A Virginia attorney general has not served three consecutive terms since 1945 when Democrat Abram Penn Staples was elected for the third time.

The attorney general provides legal advice and representation for all state agencies among other responsibilities.

Herring says his priorities include promoting economic opportunity, fighting for justice and equality for all Virginians, and defending women's rights. He also says the increase of violent crime throughout the state is alarming.

"Gun violence in our country is staggering. The number of mass shootings has got to stop," he said. "We have to get a handle on this, and it's not just the mass shootings. Those get a lot of attention, but violence happens in our communities every single day."

Herring says advancements have been made in putting a stop to the violence.

"We've begun to make progress with expanded background checks, which we got past last year," he said. "One got a one-month law, and a red flag law, but there is more we can do. We can make Virginia and our country a safer place."


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