By Lynn R. Mitchell
John Adams, running for the Republican nomination for Virginia attorney general, attended Saturday’s Augusta County GOP mass meeting. Friendly and outgoing, he greeted folks and energetically addressed the crowd to introduce himself during his two-minute time slot, laying out an agenda to take on Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring.
Adams stopped by the media area in the meeting room where News-Virginian political reporter Bob Stuart and I were sitting, and he and Bob bantered back and forth about politics in the Richmond area — all three of us are from Chesterfield County. Bob mentioned Adams in his article about the mass meeting (see Lilly chosen to lead Augusta GOP).
John Adams — with the extremely recognizable name — grew up in Chesterfield County where he attended public schools, graduated with distinction from both VMI and UVA Law School, and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He and his wife Lisa have four sons who attend the same Chesterfield County public schools their parents did. I discovered he lives near my family in Midlothian.
Adams says on his website:
“I am a Virginian, not a politician. As your Attorney General, I’ll stand up to the politicians in Washington and Richmond to restore our Constitutional rights and return government to the people. I have the legal experience to do it … and Virginia needs a new lawyer.”
Along the way, he clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas on the United States Supreme Court and served as White House Counsel for President George W. Bush.