Delegate Rob Bell and state Senator Mark Obenshain didn't tarry when Ken Cuccinelli said he wanted to be governor.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's recent decision to seek the
Republican nomination for governor in 2013 has opened the door for
those who'd like his job, including Harrisonburg state Senator Mark
Obenshain and local Delegate Rob Bell.
"I had been looking at it the past few years, but until Ken
Cuccinelli decided to run for governor, the position wasn't open,"
says Bell, who officially announces his run December 6 in
Former Orange prosecutor Bell, 44, has represented the 58th
District, which includes northeastern parts of Albemarle, since
2001, and has built a legislative record as a law-and-order guy.
Drunk driving, bullying, and keeping sex offenders out of schools
are areas in which he's carried multiple bills.
As the AG, Cuccinelli has been involved in several high-profile
battles including a quest for emails from climate scientist Michael
Mann, a legal challenge to so-called "Obamacare," and– most
fight against Charlottesville resident Hunter Craig's quest for
millions in conservation tax credits.
As for Obenshain, elected to the state Senate in 2003, he hails
from Virginia Republican royalty. His father, Richard Obenshain,
chaired the Republican Party of Virgina and co-chaired the
Republican National Committee in the '70s, and was running for U.S.
senator in August 1978 when his airplane crashed. His death