INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
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
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
selected Yorktown Community Schools Superintendent Jennifer McCormick as the
GOP nominee for state superintendent.
defeated Dawn Wooten for the nomination, is now looking to unseat incumbent
Democrat Glenda Ritz in November.
In her speech to
the convention, McCormick said Indiana must continue to reject national
Common Core learning standards. She said “days of reckless testing must end”
and that she knows what it takes to recruit the best teachers.
Party Chairman John Zody said in an emailed statement that Republicans had
finalized an “out-of-touch” ticket that’s pushed a “radical social agenda.”
He said the GOP is “aiming to throw the state backward.”
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
Hill has served
four terms as Elkhart County’s top prosecutor.