Monday, June 13, 2016
Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana GOP nominates Curtis Hill for attorney general at convention"
Updating this ILB post from June 10th, here is weekend coverage:
- From the Chicago Tribune: Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill Jr. has won the Republican nomination for Indiana attorney general.
Delegates to the Indiana GOP's state convention selected Hill Saturday over three other candidates: state Sen. Randy Head, former Republican Attorney General Steve Carter and Assistant Attorney General Abby Kuzma.
Hill says he'll protect Indiana residents from "an alarming rise" in substance abuse and violence and will fight "unconstitutional overreach" by the federal government.
Hill will face retired Lake County Circuit Court Judge Lorenzo Arrendondo, a Democrat, in the general election. They're vying to replace Greg Zoeller, who ran for Congress instead of seeking another term as attorney general. Zoeller was defeated in the primary.
- From the Indianapolis Star: After close votes forced three ballots, Curtis Hill emerged as the Republican nominee for Indiana Attorney General.
Hill, the Elkhart County prosecutor, led all three ballots, finally grabbing the official nomination on the last vote beating former Attorney General Steve Carter 908 to 602. That margin gave him the majority of the votes and secured the nomination.
“Thank you very much for your support,” Hill told the state convention. “I look forward to energizing this party.”
Hill also beat out State Sen. Randy Head and Assistant Attorney General Abby Kuzma. Because a majority of the votes was required to win the nomination, the state convention delegates had to vote three times before Hill finally won. Kuzma was dropped off after receiving the fewest votes on the first ballot. Head was then knocked out after the second vote.
Hill will face Democrat Lorenzo Arrendondo in November as both men look to replace current Attorney General Greg Zoeller, a Republican.
- From Dan Carden of the NWI Times: Four-term Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill won a four-candidate race for attorney general, beating Lowell native and former Attorney General Steve Carter, state Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, and Deputy Attorney General Abby Kuzma.
Hill, who is black, won more than a majority of delegates in part by recalling his father's courage in confronting racism in 1950s Elkhart amid persistent threats from the city's white majority and the attempted bombing of his home.
"He taught us a valuable lesson about freedom that day — that even in America sometimes you have to fight for your freedom," Hill said.
Hill pledged as attorney general to take on tasks that require similar "courageous leadership," such as protecting families from the ravages of drug abuse and violent crime, stopping fraudsters from scamming senior citizens and standing up to the federal government.
"Ladies and gentlemen, I will be the last line of defense against federal overreach in Indiana," Hill said. "Preserving our rights pursuant to the 10th Amendment of the Constitution will be of the highest priority."
Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 13, 2016 08:37 AM
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