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SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) _ Fairfax County Circuit Court Clerk John Frey is the latest Republican to announce he’s running for attorney general in 2013.

Frey said in a written statement Wednesday that his 20 years of experience supervising Virginia’s largest circuit court allows him to bring a “unique perspective” to the attorney general’s office. Frey also is the only northern Virginia resident and non-legislator in the race so far.

Del. Rob Bell of Albemarle County has announced plans to seek the GOP nomination. Republican state Sen. Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg has told supporters he’s actively exploring a bid to succeed Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who is running for governor.

Frey was elected circuit clerk in 1991. He manages a staff of 161 and an annual budget of more than $11 million.