A northern Indiana prosecutor said Monday that he will seek the Republican nomination to be the state's next attorney general.
Four-term Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill Jr. disclosed his intentions at a news conference. It follows his announcement two weeks ago that he was forming a campaign committee to consider a run.
He said he has raised more than $100,000 and that more than 30 county prosecutors and numerous police and law enforcement officials have endorsed him.
"The extent of encouragement and support I have received has been nothing less than overwhelming," Hill said.
He said if elected attorney general, he would seek to balance state interests with the regulatory demands of the federal government.
Hill is seeking to replace Greg Zoeller, a Republican and New Albany native who has announced he is running for the southern Indiana congressional seat that Republican Rep. Todd Young is vacating. Young is running for the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Dan Coats.
The Republican nominee for attorney general will be selected next summer by delegates at the Republican State Convention. Former two-term Republican Attorney General Steve Carter, Zoeller's predecessor, has said he is considering seeking the nomination.
Former Lake County Judge Lorenzo Arredondo is seeking the Democratic nomination. He served 34 years before retiring from the bench in 2011.