Realtors PAC backs three Democrats on ticket

All three Democrats running statewide this year have received the backing of the political arm of the Virginia Association of Realtors, a trade association representing roughly 29,000 Realtors.

The Realtor Political Action Committee has endorsed Sen. Mark Herring, a Democrat, for attorney general and Sen. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, for lieutenant governor.

The political committee previously announced its support for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe after throwing its weight behind Republican nominees in the past two governor’s races.

The Realtors, believed to be the largest trade association in the state, supported Gov. Bob McDonnell in 2009 and Jerry W. Kilgore in 2005, but backed Democrat Mark R. Warner in the 2001 race for governor.

Mary Dykstra, president of the Virginia Association of Realtors, said in a statement that the group endorsed Herring “for his commitment to a strong housing market.”

“Mark Herring is a strong supporter of the real estate industry, and he knows that housing is critical to the commonwealth’s economy,” Dykstra said.

She said Northam has a “solid understanding of Realtor issues as well as those faced by property owners in Virginia.”

“He will continue working to make the commonwealth the best place not only for homeownership, but also business, and we are proud to endorse him for lieutenant governor.”

A spokeswoman for the association has said that 19 Realtor PAC trustees from various parts of the state voted on the endorsements.