Jennifer Riley Collins, an Army Veteran and Executive Director of the ACLU, announced her campaign for Mississippi Attorney General today.
Thus far, she is the only Democrat to announce her candidacy for the office.
Her professional career has been spent as a civil rights attorney on the frontlines of fighting for criminal justice reform, poverty and voting rights.
The retired Army colonel says she considers the post a personal calling.
“I am running for Attorney General because I am called by God to serve and protect. That calling is found in the Book of Isaiah wherein the Bible reads at verse 8, ‘The Lord loves justice.’,” said Riley Collins. “Serving as Attorney General will allow me to continue dedicated service to this nation and state.”
Collins says her focus will be working to protect vulnerable populations, combat the opioid epidemic, strengthen protections for victims of crime and fight for working people.
She served as a U.S. Army Intelligence Officer for 32 years and is the mother of three sons.