Thursday, October 20, 2016

Two Supremely Qualified Candidates Battling to Replace Zoeller

Judge Lorenzo Arredondo
There's a key race on the ballot that few people are talking about.

It's the race for Indiana Attorney General, and either one of the candidates running for this job hope to make history on Election Night.

On the Democratic side, Judge Lorenzo Arredondo was the Lake County Circuit Court Judge from 1976 to 2010.  Arredondo has taught judges to be judges and is also a former classroom teacher.  He's a brilliant legal scholar, and he would be an excellent Attorney General.  If elected, the Democrat would be the first former judge to serve as Indiana Attorney General and the first Latino elected to a statewide executive office.

Curtis Hill
Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill, Jr. is the Republican
nominee for the office.  If elected, Hill would be the first African-American man elected to a statewide executive office (Dwayne Sawyer was appointed, and Pamela Carter was the first African-American and female African-American elected to statewide office).  Hill is now in his 13th-year as Elkhart County Prosecutor.  Before that, he was a deputy prosecutor and was a private practicing attorney.

Qualifications are not a question.  These two are supremely qualified to be Attorney General.  It comes down to a question of philosophy.  If elected, what will the Attorney General do?  Zoeller has often used his position to take the state to court over political fights.  When he has done this as he has in cases against immigration, Obamacare, gay marriage, and the auto bailout, he has usually lost spending millions of dollars in taxpayer money on appealing or pushing cases over a political agenda.

Judging from Curtis Hill's website, it sounds as if he has a very similar philosophy as Zoeller.  From his website:

As your Attorney General, I will not hesitate to fight back against executive orders, agency rules, or legislation that seeks to invade our lives in violation of the Constitution. I will establish a federalism unit to fight for and restore the proper balance between our federal government, our state, and the people of Indiana. You should expect your Attorney General to lead with courage and as your Attorney General, you can count on me to stand my ground for Indiana and protect the rights of Hoosiers!

Arredondo has said straight up that he would not use the office as a political one to push his own philosophy of government.  Arredondo talks on his website about using the office for much more of its other functions.  Judge Arredondo says he wishes to be a consumer advocate for Hoosiers as well as a good steward of taxpayer dollars.  On his website, he says he will be tough on crime and push for better policies on curing Indiana's opiate problem and keeping criminals behind bars.

Let me state this.  I think either candidate will do a fine job as Indiana's Attorney General, but I feel that Lorenzo Arredondo is the best choice.  His depth of experience and his ideas for the office will serve Hoosiers well.

It's a critical choice for Hoosiers.

4 comments:

channing webster said...

It'll be interesting to see what happens in this race. Hill didn't bother to submit a picture in the Indy Star voting guide, which will cost him at least a thousand votes--probably more than a thousand. if he loses, that will be one reason why.

Anonymous said...

Dwayne Brown was first:
http://www.indianapolisrecorder.com/news/article_98c58e9e-7c41-11e2-b333-0019bb2963f4.html

johnnystir said...

"If elected, Hill would be the first African-American man elected to a statewide executive office (Dwayne Sawyer was appointed, and Pamela Carter was the first African-American and female African-American elected to statewide office)."

Read more carefully Anon 11:47 am.

Anonymous said...

African-American Dwayne Brown was elected Clerk of the Courts in 1990; perhaps not an executive office per se'. Pamela Carter was elected Attorney General in 1992.