Jerry W. Kilgore

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Jerry W. Kilgore, a former state and federal prosecutor and Virginia Secretary of Public Safety [1], resigned as Virginia's Attorney General in February 2005 [2] to run as a Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia in November 2005. Kilgore lost to Democrat Lt. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine.

"Kilgore attributes his defeat to two trends beyond his control: the record-smashing popularity of outgoing Gov. Mark Warner, a Democrat whom Kaine promised to emulate; and the plummeting popularity of President [George W.] Bush, a Republican who rallied with Kilgore on the final evening of the campaign," according to Warren Fiske in the April 30, 2006, The Virginian Pilot. [3]

Following the election, Kilgore remained in Richmond, Virginia, and "resumed a partnership with Williams Mullen, a large law firm he left in 2001 when he was elected attorney general. He is opening a new practice representing businesses facing multi state regulatory problems," Fiske wrote.

Kaine rehired "Kilgore's wife, Marty, to head the state's Tobacco Settlement Foundation," a job she held "several years before resigning" in summer 2005 to "campaign for her husband," Fiske wrote.

Jerry Kilgore has a twin brother, Terry Kilgore, who "was elected Scott County’s commonwealth’s attorney in 1987, when he was 26. Voters sent him to the House of Delegates six years later." [4]

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Illegal Immigration

"Gilmore in Virginia lost last November despite a series of ads criticizing taxpayer-funded job centers and Gilmore's criticism of his Democrat opponent Tim Kaine." [5]

Death Penalty

"Democratic candidate Tim Kaine beat the Republican Jerry Gilmore in the elections to become governor of Virginia. ... Kaine, a Catholic, won by a clear margin following a bitter campaign between the two in which the Democratic candidate had openly expressed his opposition to the death penalty. His opponent, former District Attorney Kilgore, is a staunch defender of lethal injection.

"Virginia is second only to Texas in the number of people executed since the death penalty was reintroduced in the United States in 1976. (Sources: Ansa, 10/11/2005)" [6]

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