Colette Wallace McEachin, a deputy prosecutor in Richmond, will seek the Democratic nomination for commonwealth’s attorney to replace Michael Herring.

McEachin announced Monday that she will seek the nomination in a special election for the city’s top prosecutor position, which has been held by Herring for 13½ years. Herring is leaving his position effective July 1 to take a job as a partner at the McGuireWoods law firm.

“I am eager to continue Mr. Herring’s dedicated and committed work to keeping Richmond families safe and to continue his criminal justice reform policies,” McEachin said in a news release. “Our office will continue to remove violent and repeat offenders from our community and return rehabilitated citizens to our community.

“With over 20 years of experience as a prosecutor in this office, I am well-prepared to succeed Mr. Herring and to move this office forward to protect our city and strengthen our community.”

Herring has tapped McEachin as his interim replacement until the special election can be held. The City Council voted Monday to petition Richmond’s Circuit Court for the special election to be held on Nov. 5, which is the date of the next general election.

In the news release, Herring expressed support for McEachin’s candidacy.

“I am pleased to see Colette step up and make this run,” Herring said in his statement. “I know she will keep our community safe and secure and will continue our successful policies that have moved Richmond forward. I am eager to support her in any way.”

McEachin has been a deputy commonwealth’s attorney for more than 10 years and has prosecuted a variety of cases at all three city courthouses, from misdemeanors to rape, robbery and homicide.

She is a member of the board of visitors of Virginia Commonwealth University; the board of NextUp, a provider of after-school programs in Richmond public middle schools; the Richmond Criminal Bar; and the Hill-Tucker Bar Association.

She was formerly chair of the Criminal Law Section of the Virginia State Bar and formerly a member of the executive board of the Hill-Tucker Bar Association. McEachin is a faculty member on the Virginia Supreme Court Professionalism and Ethics Course, which is mandatory for all new members of the Virginia State Bar, and has lectured to a variety of professional, academic and community groups.

She and her husband, U.S. Rep. Donald McEachin, D-4th, live in Richmond and have three adult children.

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