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Indiana Democrats nominate Weinzapfel for attorney general

Jonathan Weinzapfel

Indiana Democrats announced Wednesday that former Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel will be their nominee for state attorney general.

Posted: Jun 18, 2020 10:21 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Democrats announced Wednesday that former Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel will be their nominee for state attorney general, a race that attracted numerous candidates from both parties after Republican incumbent Curtis Hill was disciplined over allegations of groping four women.

Party officials announced Weinzapfel’s nomination at a virtual press conference Wednesday evening following the final tabulation of votes.


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The 54-year-old has worked in state and local government as well as the private sector.

Weinzapfel beat out longtime state Sen. Karen Tallian for the nomination.

Weinzapfel said he was honored to receive the nomination, saying Indiana faces several challenges, including the coronavirus pandemic and the accompanying loss of jobs and issues with the criminal justice system.

“Now more than ever, Indiana needs a leader who can bring people together to solve these complicated problems,” he said.

Democrats believe they a viable chance to win the attorney general’s office after Hill’s law license was suspended for 30 days earlier this year.

Hill is among four candidates seeking the GOP nomination when 1,800 state convention delegates vote beginning next week.

On Wednesday, the Republican attorney general finished a monthlong suspension that was ordered by the state Supreme Court after four women said he groped them during a party. Hill, 59, has denied doing anything wrong

Due to concerns raised by the coronavirus pandemic, state delegates submitted nominee votes by mail and held their convention virtually.

Both Weinzapfel and Tallian took their campaigns almost entirely online, too, focusing largely on issues like healthcare access and criminal justice reform.

A state representative from 1999-2003, much of Weinzapfel’s recent experience comes from time spent in Evansville: He served as mayor of the city from 2004-11 and was chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College in Evansville from 2014-19.

He’s a partner at the law firm of Jones Wallace.

Access to health care, settling ongoing litigation against opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma, accountability for charter school funding and increased transparency around nursing homes are among Weinzapfel’s priorities, if elected.

They’re all positions Weinzapfel says differ from Hill’s.

Weinzapfel said that in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Hill continues efforts to take health care from Indiana residents.

He added that no matter who the Republicans nominate for attorney general, that effort will continue.

“On day one, I will withdraw Indiana from Curtis Hill’s lawsuit seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act, preserving the health care of thousands of Hoosier families,” Weinzapfel said.

Weinzapfel won’t know his November ballot competitor for another three weeks.

Gov. Eric Holcomb and lieutenant governor Suzanne Crouch, seeking second terms, along with the four candidates seeking the attorney general nomination are slated to speak.

The spotlight is expected to be on Hill, who must convince delegates that he deserves a second term despite his misconduct allegations.

Hill’s challengers include Todd Rokita, a former member of Congress and two-term Indiana secretary of state, Decatur County Prosecutor Nate Harter and Indianapolis lawyer John Westercamp.

The votes for the Republican candidates will be mailed in by state convention delegates by 5 p.m. July 9.

Those results will be announced by the party July 10.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 726600

Reported Deaths: 13379
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion992781737
Lake53359964
Allen40387675
St. Joseph35449550
Hamilton35440408
Elkhart28376439
Tippecanoe22336217
Vanderburgh22271396
Porter18637306
Johnson17876377
Hendricks17154314
Clark12919191
Madison12574339
Vigo12426245
Monroe11845169
LaPorte11773210
Delaware10615185
Howard9859215
Kosciusko9366117
Hancock8239140
Bartholomew8042155
Warrick7766155
Floyd7645177
Grant7019174
Wayne7018199
Boone6669101
Morgan6547139
Dubois6148117
Marshall6000111
Dearborn578577
Cass5780105
Henry5681102
Noble558283
Jackson500472
Shelby489496
Lawrence4492120
Gibson434391
Harrison434271
Clinton426853
DeKalb425284
Montgomery423388
Whitley394439
Huntington387480
Steuben382957
Miami380266
Knox371890
Jasper362747
Putnam358560
Wabash353178
Adams340654
Ripley338970
Jefferson328881
White312854
Daviess295899
Wells290481
Decatur283592
Fayette278662
Greene276685
Posey270933
LaGrange264770
Scott264753
Clay259245
Randolph239781
Washington239532
Spencer231331
Jennings229248
Starke214452
Fountain211946
Sullivan211042
Owen197056
Fulton194640
Jay191830
Carroll188120
Perry182637
Orange182454
Rush172925
Vermillion168343
Franklin167735
Tipton162345
Parke145916
Blackford134532
Pike133034
Pulaski116045
Newton107034
Brown101541
Crawford99114
Benton98414
Martin87815
Warren81415
Switzerland7848
Union70710
Ohio56211
Unassigned0413

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1080121

Reported Deaths: 19344
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1254981392
Cuyahoga1115202107
Hamilton798171200
Montgomery512711012
Summit46997933
Lucas41982782
Butler38273580
Stark32190907
Lorain24910480
Warren24249297
Mahoning21474586
Lake20586368
Clermont19727238
Delaware18496131
Licking16396210
Fairfield16144199
Trumbull15996466
Medina15233262
Greene15027244
Clark13960297
Wood13056188
Portage12806201
Allen11609231
Richland11308198
Miami10659215
Muskingum8795132
Wayne8777210
Columbiana8756229
Pickaway8547121
Marion8511135
Tuscarawas8467243
Erie7859154
Hancock6900126
Ross6835152
Ashtabula6777169
Geauga6665148
Scioto6398101
Belmont5856167
Union570047
Lawrence5542102
Jefferson5511151
Huron5422119
Darke5344122
Sandusky5330120
Seneca5268121
Athens518258
Washington5148109
Auglaize488484
Mercer480185
Shelby468593
Knox4479110
Madison435461
Putnam4268100
Ashland421289
Fulton420969
Defiance418997
Crawford3965106
Brown392957
Logan381176
Preble379098
Clinton370561
Ottawa366279
Highland353861
Williams338075
Champaign330458
Guernsey315453
Jackson312051
Perry294550
Morrow283839
Fayette281449
Hardin270364
Henry268166
Coshocton264258
Holmes2590101
Van Wert242863
Pike237433
Adams237052
Gallia235048
Wyandot230654
Hocking215162
Carroll191247
Paulding172440
Meigs144639
Noble133337
Monroe131942
Morgan108323
Harrison107537
Vinton82415
Unassigned02
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