Greg Garrison gets challenger in race for Hamilton County prosecutor

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Hamilton County Deputy Prosecutor Jessica Paxson on Tuesday announced she will run for county prosecutor in the November general election.

Paxson will run as a Democrat and challenge Greg Garrison, a well-funded former radio talk show host who defeated three-term incumbent D. Lee Buckingham in the Republican primary on May 3.

Paxson has served as deputy prosecutor for seven years. She also worked for four years in the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office and spent two years in private law practice.

“Right now, our four cities (Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield) are all ranked in the top seven safest cities in the state,” Paxson said in written remarks. “To keep it that way, Hamilton County needs an experienced prosecutor who has deep relationships in our community and is familiar with the technological advancements in forensic evidence and courtroom presentation.”

Paxson is a member of the Domestic Violence Task Force and co-chair of Hamilton County’s Sexual Assault Response Team.

The primary in May was the first election in which Buckingham faced a competitor.

Buckingham served as a deputy prosecutor for 15 years before he ran in 2011 to be Hamilton County’s top law enforcement officer.

Garrison was supported in the election by former Vice President Mike Pence, who hosted a fundraiser for Garrison in April with the priciest tickets going for $5,000 each.

Garrison defeated Buckingham by receiving 59% of the vote.

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