Zoeller won’t seek re-election in crowded attorney general field

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller will not seek re-election, as at least four Republicans and one Democrat have announced they’ll seek the post.

Zoeller, who was defeated in the May 3 Republican primary for Indiana’s Ninth Congressional District, will not place his name in contention for the Republican nomination for attorney general. Zoeller’s campaign treasurer, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP partner Andy Buroker, confirmed Friday the two-term AG would not seek a third term.

The Indiana attorney general is not a term-limited position, and Zoeller could have sought re-election by filing for the Republican nomination by May 27. That’s the deadline for candidates to file for the party’s nomination. The party will chose its candidate for the November general election at the state Republican convention June 11.

These Republican candidates have filed as of Friday:  Former Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter of Crown Point; Sen. Randy Head of Logansport; Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill; and Abby Kuzma, director of the consumer protection division of the Attorney General’s Office.
On the Democratic side, former Lake Circuit Judge Lorenzo Arredondo is the lone candidate who has filed for the party nomination. Democrats will select their nominee at the party convention June 18. The deadline for Democratic candidates to file for the nomination is June 10.

Zoeller finished third in a four-way primary for the GOP nomination for the seat in Congress with 22 percent of the vote. Trey Hollingsworth won the race with 34 percent of the vote and will face Democrat Shelli Yoder in November.

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