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Thursday, September 01, 2016

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana attorney general candidates pressed to explain themselves"

Maureen Hayden, CNHI State Reporter, reports today for the New Albany News & Tribune. The long story begins:

INDIANAPOLIS – The men running for attorney general face a tough challenge in a political season dominated by higher-profile races.

Republican Curtis Hill and Democrat Lorenzo Arrendondo spend much of their time explaining the job and trying to inspire people to care.

“It feels a little like ‘Horton Hears a Who,’” joked Hill, referring to the Dr. Seuss book about an elephant who discovers a tiny, overlooked planet. “It’s like we’re shouting, ‘We are here. We are here. We are here.’”

With most of the political oxygen sucked up by heated races for president, U.S. Senate and governor, Arrendondo said he also finds himself educating voters.

“Most people think we’re the lawyer for the governor,” he said. “That’s not it at all.”

Defining the job is enough of a concern that both candidates — each of whom brings deep legal experience to the race — have posted explanations of what the attorney general does on their campaign websites.

The attorney general is, indeed, the state’s chief legal officer who advises agencies, defends laws challenged in court and prosecutes on behalf of the state.

The person also oversees a team of 160 lawyers involved in duties related to consumer protection — from medical licensing to policing telemarketers.

As current Attorney General Greg Zoeller explains, the job is to help “protect the rights, freedoms and safety” of Hoosiers. Now in his second term, Zoeller has opted not to seek re-election. Arrendondo and Hill have been working to make their cases to the voters since being selected by their respective party’s delegates this spring. And each has the potential to make state history.

Hill, if elected, would be the first black Republican in the office – and only the third African-American in the job. He is a four-term prosecutor from Elkhart County.

Arrendondo, who spent 34 years as a trial judge in Lake County before retiring in 2010, would be the first Latino to be state attorney general.

Neither claim those identities as reason to vote for them. But their experience and biographies, they say, do inform their views.

There is much moreabout the two candidates in this story.

See also this ILB post from Aug. 16
, linking to WSBT 22 interviews.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 1, 2016 10:34 AM
Posted to Indiana Government