Elkhart Co. prosecutor wins attorney general’s race

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INDIANAPOLIS Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill has won Indiana’s race for attorney general.

“I first ran for office because I believe in America. I believe in the promise of America, where one person can have a vision and share it with a few and turn it into a mushroom of courage and responsibility to lead. As I’ve traveled the state, I’ve listened and I’ve learned of the concerns of Hoosiers. They’ve told me their priorities, and I’ve made those priorities mine,” Hill said Tuesday night. “As your next attorney general, I will inspire, we will all inspire solutions to the problems that plague us the most. Ladies and gentlemen, we’ll all do this together.”

The 55-year-old Hill beat retired Lake County Circuit Court judge Lorenzo Arredondo, a 75-year-old Democrat.

The two men sought to succeed Attorney General Greg Zoeller, who did not seek a third term after losing May’s Republican primary for a U.S. House seat.

Republicans have held the statewide post since 2001. The duties of the state attorney general’s office include defending Indiana when it’s sued, serving as the legal adviser to state agencies and approving state contracts.

Hill will be the first African-American man to serve as Indiana’s attorney general.

Two black women, both Democrats, have previously held the post.

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