The Washington Times - December 6, 2011, 04:42PM

Virginia Delegate Robert B. Bell, Albemarle Republican, officially declared his candidacy Tuesday for state Attorney General, following Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli’s announcement that he would run for governor in 2013.

In announcing his candidacy, Mr. Bell, the chairman of the Virginia State Crime Commission, emphasized his law-and-order experience as an Orange County prosecutor and work he’s done to fight crime since his election to the General Assembly in 2001.

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“As attorney general, I would continue to fight crime and to promote safer schools and neighborhoods,” he said. “I would carry on Attorney General Cuccinelli’s battle to rein in unconstitutional overreach by the federal government. I would fight to protect property rights and to eliminate unnecessary and burdensome regulations.”

Though Mr. Bell mentioned Mr. Cuccinelli, he also emphasized that he would be campaigning on his own record and declined to comment on the all-but-certain candidacy of state Sen. Mark Obenshain, Harrisonburg Republican.

“I’m just going to present myself, and hopefully voters will decide I’m the right guy,” he said.