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Weinzapfel Is Democrats' Nominee For Attorney General

Courtesy of the Weinzapfel campaign

Former Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel is the Indiana Democrats’ nominee for attorney general.

Weinzapfel – a former state lawmaker and Ivy Tech chancellor – won by just 48 votes out of more than 2,000 cast by state party convention delegates. He narrowly edged out Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Ogden Dunes).

In accepting the nomination Wednesday evening, he laid out his vision for the general election – and it’s clear COVID-19 will be a major theme.

“I will fight to ensure the safety of Hoosiers in nursing homes by demanding greater transparency … I’ll work to protect our health care and I’ll work to safeguard our workers as we get our economy back on track,” Weinzapfel says.

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Weinzapfel also says his campaign won’t depend on current Attorney General Curtis Hill being the GOP nominee.

“We’re still going to be focused on health care … and how we can make changes to our criminal justice system,” Weinzapfel says.

Hill, whose law license was temporarily suspended after he criminally battered four women, faces three opponents for the Republican nomination: Decatur County Prosecutor Nate Harter, former U.S. Rep Todd Rokita and Indianapolis attorney John Westercamp.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.