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Monday, July 20, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - "Zoeller running for Congress creates opening in AG contest"

Dan Carden writes today in the NWI Times:

INDIANAPOLIS | Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced Monday he is running to represent south central Indiana in the U.S. House, likely guaranteeing an open race for attorney general in 2016.

The Republican, originally from the Ohio River town of New Albany, said he plans to take the state's rights agenda he's championed for seven years as Indiana's top lawyer to Washington, D.C. to limit further interference with state sovereignty.

"To rein-in federal overreach, we need a Congress that works … and so beginning today, I will ask the people of the 9th Congressional District of Indiana to allow me the opportunity to help bring about a new day in Washington," Zoeller said. * * *

Zoeller's run nearly ensures the 2016 Indiana attorney general's election will feature two new faces. Though should Zoeller lose the House primary, he potentially could be renominated by Republicans at their state convention next summer for a third term.

But without an incumbent in the race, Hoosier Democrats likely have their best chance in years of reclaiming the attorney general's office, given the added turnout expected with presidential, U.S. Senate and gubernatorial elections also appearing on the ballot.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson was the most recent Democratic attorney general.

She was appointed in 2000 by Gov. Frank O'Bannon to complete the 11 months remaining in Jeff Modisett's term, but lost to Republican Steve Carter, of Lowell, in that year's election.

Zoeller was Carter's chief deputy and succeeded him when Carter chose not to run for re-election after two terms.

One potential Democratic attorney general candidate, state Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, said she still only is focused on her campaign for governor.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 20, 2015 12:54 PM
Posted to Indiana Government