Attorney General headlines Hanover Democratic event

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring will be the guest speaker at the Hanover Democratic Committee’s Blue Moon Bash Thursday, May 22 at 7 p.m. at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center in Ashland.

Herring, who served as a State Senator for eight years before being elected Attorney General in 2013, has made waves as Attorney General for his outspoken stand on marriage equality and in-state tuition for children of undocumented immigrants. Herring has said he will not represent the state in defending its ban on gay marriage. Herring also told Virginia colleges and universities that high school graduates who have lived in Virginia since their childhood, should be eligible to receive in-state tuition rates, even if their parents are illegal immigrants. Some political observers are suggesting that Attorney General Herring will consider running for Governor in 2017.

“We are looking forward to Sen. Herring’s appearance. He is a dynamic leader and has been an outspoken champion of civil rights. His courageous stands have solidified and excited the Democratic base,” said Gordon Silver, the chair of the Hanover Democratic Committee.

Herring is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he also earned a master’s degree. And he holds a law degree from the University of Richmond. He launched his political career as a member of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

The Blue Moon Bash is the signature event of the Hanover Democratic Committee. In previous years, it was held at the Hanover Tavern, but as the number of attendees has steadily increased, the event has been moved to the Hanover Arts and Activities Center, 500 S. Center Street in Ashland. To purchase a ticket to the Blue Moon Bash, go to the Hanover Democratic Committee’s website,, or call Toni Radler at (804) 916-0693.

Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm