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Another Republican joins 2013 race for attorney general

Fairfax Circuit Court Clerk John Frey is announcing a run for the GOP nomination for attorney general in 2013.

He issued a press release today, although other news outlets had reported his intentions to run a week or two ago.

Frey was first elected clerk in 1991.

He said his experience working in the state’s court system gives him experience other candidates don’t have.

“As Circuit Court Clerk of Virginia’s largest circuit court and one of the largest courts in the country, I have worked hard over the past twenty years to cut through red tape, eliminate bureaucracy and streamline the court system in Fairfax,” Frey said in his press release. “My office processes approximately 22,000 criminal and civil cases a year along with 200,000 separate land documents.  My twenty years of experience working within this complex court system, I believe will allow me to bring a unique perspective to the office of Attorney General.”

Two state legislators have already announced plans to run for the office: Del. Rob Bell, R-Albemarle, and Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, who is exploring a run.