Hill wins GOP nod for attorney general, will face Arrendondo

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Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill Jr. defeated three other candidates to win the Republican nomination for Indiana attorney general on Saturday.

Delegates to the Indiana GOP's state convention selected Hill over state Sen. Randy Head, former Republican Attorney General Steve Carter and Assistant Attorney General Abby Kuzma after three rounds of balloting.

“I look forward to energizing this party,” Hill said.

He told delegates he will fight to protect Indiana residents from “an alarming rise” in substance abuse and violence and will oppose “any and all” overreach by the federal government.

Hill will face retired Lake County Circuit Court Judge Lorenzo Arrendondo, a Democrat who served 34 years before leaving the bench in 2011, in the general election. They're vying to replace Greg Zoeller, who ran for Congress instead of seeking another term as attorney general. Zoeller was defeated in the primary.

The attorney general nomination required three ballots because no candidate won a majority in the first two contests. Kuzma was the lowest vote-getter in the first round and was eliminated, while Head was dropped after finishing last in the second round. Hill — who led in all three ballots — defeated Carter in the final tally, earning a majority and the nomination.

Hill has served four terms as Elkhart County’s top prosecutor.

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