More Than 60 Local Prosecutors Offer Bi-Partisan Endorsement of Curtis Hill for AG

More Than 60 Local Prosecutors Offer Bi-Partisan Endorsement of Curtis Hill for AG

ELKHART, Ind. – Over 70 percent of Indiana’s local Prosecuting Attorneys have endorsed Curtis Hill for Indiana State Attorney General in this week’s election. Hill is currently in his fourth term as Elkhart County’s Prosecutor and has gained a local, statewide and national reputation for protecting the rights of all citizens.

“It’s important for the Indiana State Attorney General to have good working relationships with
Prosecutors across the state, in order to best serve their interests and represent the needs of communities  across Indiana,” said Hill. “The bi-partisan support I’ve received from these Prosecutors, as well as from Hoosiers I’ve talked to as I’ve toured the state, reaffirms my commitment to being a tough and fair leader who protects all citizens.”

“I sincerely thank these hard-working, dedicated officials for their support and look forward to working with all of Indiana’s Prosecutors as your next Attorney General,” Hill added.

Following is a list of the Prosecutors who have officially endorsed Hill.

  • Jeremy Brown, Adams County Prosecutor
  • Karen Richards, Allen County Prosecutor
  • William Nash, Bartholomew County Prosecutor
  • John Wright, Benton County Prosecutor
  • Kevin Basey, Blackford County Prosecutor
  • Todd Meyer, Boone County Prosecutor
  • Theodore Adams, Brown County Prosecutor
  • Lisa Swaim, Cass County Prosecutor
  • Jeremy Mull, Clark County Prosecutor
  • Robert Pell, Clay County Prosecutor
  • Nicholas Haverstock, Crawford County Prosecutor
  • Daniel Murrie, Daviess County Prosecutor
  • Aaron Negangard, Dearborn/Ohio County Prosecutor
  • Nate Harter, Decatur County Prosecutor
  • ClaraMary Winebrenner, DeKalb County Prosecutor
  • Jeff Arnold, Delaware County Prosecutor
  • Vicki Becker, Elkhart County Chief Deputy
  • Bette Jones, Fayette County Prosecutor
  • Steve Owen, Floyd County Chief Deputy
  • Teryl Martin, Fountain County Prosecutor
  • Mel Wilhelm, Franklin County Prosecutor
  • Robert Krieg, Gibson County Prosecutor
  • Jim Luttrull, Grant County Prosecutor
  • Jarrod Holtsclaw, Greene County Prosecutor
  • Lee Buckingham, Hamilton County Prosecutor
  • Brent Eaton, Hancock County Prosecutor
  • Otto Schalk, Harrison County Prosecutor
  • Patricia Baldwin, Hendricks County Prosecutor
  • Amy Richison, Huntington County Prosecutor
  • Amy Marie Travis, Jackson County Prosecutor
  • Christine Haskell, Jasper County Prosecutor
  • Brian Belding, Jennings County Prosecutor
  • Bradley Cooper, Johnson County Prosecutor
  • Daniel Hampton, Kosciusko County Prosecutor
  • Gregory Kenner, LaGrange County Prosecutor
  • Michelle Woodward, Lawrence County Prosecutor
  • Rodney Cummings, Madison County Prosecutor
  • Nelson Chipman, Marshall County Prosecutor
  • Bruce Embrey, Miami County Prosecutor
  • Joseph Buser, Montgomery County Prosecutor
  • Steve Sonnega, Morgan County Prosecutor
  • Jeff Drinski, Newton County Prosecutor
  • Eric Blackman, Noble County Prosecutor
  • Kelly Minton, Orange County Prosecutor
  • Donald VanDerMoere, Owen County Prosecutor
  • Steve Cvengros, Parke County Prosecutor
  • Brian Gensel, Porter County Prosecutor
  • Travis Clowers, Posey County Prosecutor
  • Daniel Murphy, Pulaski County Prosecutor
  • Tim Bookwalter, Putnam County Prosecutor
  • David Daly, Randolph County Prosecutor
  • Ric Hertel, Ripley County Prosecutor
  • Philip Caviness, Rush County Prosecutor
  • Brad Landwerlen, Shelby County Prosecutor
  • Nick Bourff, Starke County Prosecutor
  • Jeremy Musser, Steuben County Prosecutor
  • Patrick Harrington, Tippecanoe County Prosecutor
  • Jay Rich, Tipton County Prosecutor
  • Nick Hermann, Vanderburgh County Prosecutor
  • Bill Hartley, Wabash County Prosecutor
  • John Larson, Warren County Prosecutor
  • Mike Perry, Warrick County Prosecutor
  • Justin Houchin, Washington County Prosecutor
  • Michael Shipman, Wayne County Prosecutor
  • Bob Guy, White County Prosecutor

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Curtis Hill is 'Defending Freedom' by The Elkhart Truth

Curtis Hill is 'Defending Freedom' by The Elkhart Truth

ELKHART — After nearly a year of campaigning, Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill soon will find out if he'll be taking on a statewide post, serving all Indiana residents.

The Republican from Elkhart, now in his fourth term as prosecutor, is running for the Indiana attorney general's post against Democrat Lorenzo Arredondo, a former Lake County Circuit Court judge. Election Day is Tuesday.

"It's been busy. I've traveled to much of Indiana," Hill said this week.

The incumbent, Greg Zoeller, didn't seek re-election. Instead, he ran unsuccessfully for the 9th District U.S. House seat in the May GOP primary. Hill, who announced his candidacy last December, won nomination as the GOP attorney general candidate at the Indiana Republican Convention last June.

During his campaign, Hill has attended intimate meetings with small groups, large political gatherings and more.

"My message seems to be well received in all parts of the state," said Hill, who has taken a tough stance at times against suspects processed through the prosecutor's office. Broadly, he puts a focus on "defending freedom," he said, and "protecting family."

The attorney general's race has been overshadowed by the gubernatorial contest between Democrat John Gregg and Republican Eric Holcomb and the U.S. Senate race between Republican Todd Young and Democrat Evan Bayh.

Judging by funding, though, Hill's campaign has been getting plenty of attention.

His campaign finance report filed on Tuesday shows that he had generated $1.4 million in funding for the year through Oct. 24, with $335,301 left at the end of the period. Arredondo had generated $136,916 in the same period, with $65,609 left.

By way of comparison, U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, a Republican from Jimtown and perhaps the highest-profile candidate from north-central Indiana, had generated $1.73 million during the election cycle as of Sept. 30, with $757,762 left.

STOPPING OVERREACH

"Protecting family," one of Hill's campaign messages, is "something near and dear to my heart as prosecutor." By that, he means fighting drugs and drug trafficking.

"There are serious drug problems throughout the state," Hill said, alluding to heroin, opioids and meth. "So many people are wanting to know what type of steps can be taken."

Hill calls for a three-pronged approach – stricter enforcement of laws against trafficking, developing more affordable and accessible treatment options for drug abusers and putting more of a focus on preventing people from turning to drugs and crime in the first place.

Beyond that, his focus on "defending freedom" is a response to what he sees as federal government overreach, that is, federal agencies "bypassing Congress" and imposing their rules and regulations on state government. It's the attorney general's role to counter those kinds of intrusions.

"The attorney general has the responsibility of defending the state's interest in those regards," Hill said.

Beyond that, the attorney general aids in consumer protection, fights Medicaid fraud, protects against identity theft and more.

Some Republicans have long speculated about Hill's potential as a candidate for higher office, beyond the Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office. For now, he says he's focused on the campaign to be attorney general.

"We're taking one day at a time. Let's get past Nov. 8 and do this job," he said.

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Curtis Hill Releases Second TV Ad Defining Priorities

Curtis Hill Releases Second TV Ad Defining Priorities

ELKHART, Ind. – As the November 8th election quickly approaches, Curtis Hill, Republican nominee for Attorney General of Indiana, released his second TV ad today, titled “Meet Curtis Hill.”

The ad will run in multiple media markets across Indiana on broadcast and cable networks. The ad begins by asking “Who’s Curtis Hill?” and then explaining that “He’s an experienced trusted prosecutor. He’s a public servant who has dedicated his career to seeking justice for victims and accountability for violent criminals. A husband, father of five, lifelong Hoosier.”

The ad continues by stating Hill’s priorities as Indiana’s Attorney General, saying that he’s committed to “Defeating the drug crisis. Stopping the horror of human trafficking. Guarding our seniors against scams and fraud. And inspiring solutions.”

According to Hill, the ad clearly and concisely states why he is the most qualified candidate for Attorney General. “I’ve had a successful career in my four terms as Elkhart County Prosecutor. I’ve always worked for the people and been tough on criminals,” he says. “Indiana is my home. It’s where my wife and I chose to raise our children. We need a better, safer Indiana that holds criminals accountable and provides justice for victims.”

Curtis Hill has served as Prosecuting Attorney for Elkhart County since 2003. He received his B.S. degree in Marketing from Indiana University, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Indiana University School of Law. Hill maintains a very active role in local, state and national organizations. He and his wife, Teresa, have five children.

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Frost Illustrated Article Features Curtis Hill's Personal Passion to Be Indiana's Next Attorney General

Frost Illustrated Article Features Curtis Hill's Personal Passion to Be Indiana's Next Attorney General

FORT WAYNE—Curtis Hill has made a career—and life—of defending the rule of law. He said to do so requires courage and leadership. His devotion to those principles comes from an early life experience and a lesson his father taught him.

“When my father was a young man in his late 20s, he bought a small piece of land in which to build a new home for his young family. He was immediately confronted by his would be neighbors who informed him in no uncertain terms that neither he nor his family were welcome in the neighborhood,” said Hill of his African American family that was moving into a previously all-white neighborhood. “They gave him an ultimatum to sell them his land, or else. But, my father did not sell and chose to build his home where my 88-year-old mother lives to this day.”

Hill said his father was willing to defend his family and his ideals with his life.

“One of my earliest memories as a small boy was of my father bringing home a new shotgun the day after our home has been bombed. My father did not break nor did he turn his back on his idea of the American dream. He taught us an invaluable lesson that day—that  even in America you have to fight for your freedom. I have many examples of my mother and my father exhibiting courage in the face of adversity and insulating us from fear while instilling in us a  level of courage and responsibility that has lead me to my career public service.”

Hill hopes to bring that same determination to the office of Indiana Attorney General, a position for which he is vying in the upcoming Nov. 8 General Election.

In addition to a solid moral background and fighting spirit his parents gave him growing up, Hill said he also has the experience to manage the office and be the perfect servant for the people of Indiana.

“My 14 years  serving Elkhart County as prosecuting attorney have prepared me to serve the people of Indiana as their attorney general. The office  of the attorney general is a large public interest law firm that requires strong leadership,” explained Hill. “As prosecutor, I transformed a part-time inefficient prosecutor’s office into a full-time operation regarded as one of the most effective prosecutor’s office in this state.”

That work, he said, also included taking a hands on approach to the duties of the office and reaching out to the people.

“I have not only tried and handled hundreds of cases personally but I have successfully administered the office. As an advocate on behalf of Hoosiers for the last 27 years, I have sat with the victims who have lost their children.  I have held violent criminals accountable for their actions,” said Hill. “I have developed a mindset that can contribute solutions. Indiana needs an attorney general with my background and experience and I am ready to lead.”

Hill explained that many people aren’t clear on the attorney general role in the state. While people often hear of modern attorneys general defending state laws against the federal government, he said the primary role of the attorney general is to act on behalf of the citizens of the state.

“The attorney general   in Indiana is the chief legal officer for the state but more, also the advocate for the people,” said Hill, adding that the office does also have the responsibility that many see being exercised in today’s political climate, protect consumers and manage criminal convictions.

“The attorney general has the authority to sue on behalf of the State of Indiana and to defend the State when sued. The attorney general is responsible for defending the constitution including the 10th Amendment of the Constitution which protects Hoosiers against unconstitutional federal overreach. The Attorney General is responsible for protecting the interests of consumers against fraud scams and irregular business practices while also overseeing Indiana’s regulatory process. Criminal convictions are secured by the Appellate division. Many other responsibilities and initiatives make the attorney general’s office one of the most significant responsibilities of state government,” explained Hill.

The attorney general hopeful pointed to a number of crucial issues facing Indiana that he said must be addressed.

“The staggering drug epidemic  led by the explosion of heroin across our state is destroying lives and substantially altering the futures of too many people. My experience fighting drug abuse is essential to defeating this problem,” said Hill.

He also said that “disturbing acts of violence are becoming more more commonplace and human trafficking has emerged as a growing concern” in the state of Indiana.

Unlike many other politicians, Hill is not shy about addressing a controversial issue that has been plaguing the nation.

“Racial discord and tension over the fairness of our justice system and support for law enforcement and the rule of law has hit a boiling point and must be addressed,” said Hill.

He said the key is starting dialogue from a point of common ground.

“Traveling   the entire state of Indiana  and listening, I have learned that  we share so much more in common than that which keeps us separate. At our core, we all yearn to be free to pursue our happiness.  We may have different perspectives that require a bridge.  My responsibility as Attorney General is to protect freedom and provide that bridge to ensure that each Hoosier had the opportunity to pursue their vision of happiness.  As a leader ,it is my responsibility to find  the common ground. by encouraging the higher ground in solving problems that impede our optimum success as a free people.

He also said issues such as cybercrime need to be addressed by the office of the attorney general.

“Technology that was intended to enhance our lives is now being used by criminals intent on disrupting our lives,” explained Hill.

He also said he also wants to help create a better business climate for the state of Indiana.

“The ever expanding federal government is increasing the burdens on our businesses and economy contrary to the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution,” said Hill, adding that he wants to help alleviate those burdens.

Hill said the Indiana office of the attorney general has operated with consistency for the past 16 years and that there are some things that the office does very well and that his team would continue at enhanced those areas as required. But, he said he would continue to evaluate all the office’s areas and programs to evaluate their effectiveness and make improvements if necessary.

“I anticipate some structural reorganization that will provide for accountability to the office as should be a case for any large public service law firm. There will be training and service. The focus of the attorney general staff will be to facilitate top quality service to the public,” explained Hill.

At the end of the day, Hill said the role of a public servant is simple:

“The only role of government is to secure our God given rights which include life liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” said Hill.

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State Police PAC Endorses Curtis Hill for Attorney General

State Police PAC Endorses Curtis Hill for Attorney General

ELKHART, Ind. – The Indiana State Police Alliance-PAC (ISPA-PAC) has endorsed Curtis Hill for Attorney General of Indiana. ISPA-PAC is a political action committee sponsored by the Indiana State Police Alliance. Its membership consists of roughly 80% of the individuals who serve as State Troopers.

In his endorsement letter, David Kirkham, ISPA-PAC Chairman, states, “Due to the exemplary and long standing support that you have shown for issues that effect Law Enforcement officers and the Indiana State Police Department, the ISPA-PAC is honored to announce the collective support and endorsement of its membership for your campaign. Your efforts have benefitted Indiana’s Troopers and their families and your support will not be forgotten.”

In accepting the endorsement, Hill said, “I have deep respect for the men and women of the Indiana State Police, as well as all Law Enforcement officers across the state and throughout our nation. As your next Attorney General, I look forward to working with them to make Indiana a safer place to live, work and raise a family.”

Curtis Hill has served as Prosecuting Attorney for Elkhart County since 2003. He received his B.S. degree in Marketing from Indiana University, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Indiana University School of Law. Hill maintains a very active role in local, state and national organizations. He and his wife, Teresa, have five children.

Over 30 Indiana Senators Endorse Curtis Hill for Attorney General

Over 30 Indiana Senators Endorse Curtis Hill for Attorney General

Friends,

With just over a week left until the election, I am humbled to announce a list of endorsements for my campaign for Attorney General that includes officials at the federal, state and local levels. While the vast majority of county prosecutors have been with me since I announced my candidacy in December, many of the additional names of Indiana Senators have joined in the past week showing clear momentum headed into the election.

As I have shared along the way, I believe with the right leadership we will meet and overcome the obstacles we face as Hoosiers. I would be honored to bring my experience, my passion and my fighting spirit to the Attorney General’s office to meet these challenges head-on. That is why I am deeply humbled to have the support of so many federal, state and local officials. Together we will fight against excessive federal overreach and work every day to protect Hoosiers from frauds, scams and violent crime.

  • Senator Ron Alting
  • Senator Jim Banks
  • Senator Eric Bassler
  • enator Phil Boots
  • Senator Rod Bray
  • Senator Liz Brown
  • enator Jim Buck
  • Senator Mike Crider
  • Senator Mike Delph
  • Senator Doug Eckerty
  • Senator Jon Ford
  • Senator Sue Glick
  • Senator Randy Head 
  • Senator Brandt Hershman
  • Senator Travis Holdman
  • Senator Erin Houchin
  • Senator Luke Kenley
  • Senator Dennis Kruse
  • Senator David Long
  • Senator Jim Merritt
  • Senator Mark Messmer
  • Senator Pat Miller
  • Senator Pete Miller
  • Senator Ryan Mishler
  • Senator Jeff Raatz
  • Senator Scott Schneider
  • Senator Jim Smith
  • Senator Brent Steele
  • enator Jim Tomes
  • Senator Greg Walker
  • Senator Carlin Yoder
  • Senator Mike Young
  • Senator Joe Zakas

Thank you,
Curtis Hill
Candidate for Indiana Attorney General

Curtis Hill Endorsed By Two Major Newspapers

Curtis Hill Endorsed By Two Major Newspapers

ELKHART, Ind. – Fort Wayne’s Journal Gazette and The Times of Northwest Indiana (NWI
Times) have both endorsed Curtis Hill for Attorney General of Indiana. Hill is the Republican
nominee and an experienced prosecuting attorney.

In its endorsement, the Journal Gazette compared the qualifications of the two candidates for
Attorney General and concluded, “For this job, leadership skills may outweigh either judicial or
prosecutorial experience. On that basis, we endorse Curtis Hill.”

The NWI Times explained, “We believe Hill is best suited to continue the strong watchdog role
established by his Republican predecessors. For that reason, Hill gets our endorsement.” The
newspaper acknowledged both candidates’ extensive legal experience, but added that Hill
“impressed us as having a deeper desire to root out public corruption...In fact, Hill wants to
‘ramp up’ the office’s efforts in this regard.”

Hill graciously accepted the endorsements, saying, “I’m honored to receive the endorsements of these two well-regarded newspapers. As Indiana’s next Attorney General, I will always be fully committed to living up to the faith and trust they have placed in me and my capabilities.”

Curtis Hill has served as Prosecuting Attorney for Elkhart County since 2003. He received his
B.S. degree in Marketing from Indiana University, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from
the Indiana University School of Law. Hill maintains a very active role in local, state and
national organizations. He and his wife, Teresa, have five children.

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Endorsement

The Times of Northwest Indiana Endorsement

Curtis Hill Releases First TV Ad

Curtis Hill Releases First TV Ad

ELKHART, Ind. – Curtis Hill, Republican nominee for Attorney General of Indiana, released his first TV ad today, titled “Priorities.” The ad will run in multiple media markets across Indiana on broadcast and cable networks.

In the ad, Hill describes his priorities for the Attorney General’s office, saying, “I’ll stand for freedom, fighting Washington’s overreach. I’ll fight for Hoosier families, keeping them safe from violent crime and drugs. I’ll target those who prey on women and children through human trafficking. Our kids are the best hope for Indiana’s future – let’s inspire them.”

During his four terms as Elkhart County Prosecutor, Hill has transformed the office from a parttime office to a full-time law enforcement operation. He has the experience necessary and the courage to lead as Attorney General for the state of Indiana. Hill has worked with prosecutors and other law enforcement officers around the state as the former president of the Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys, and with leaders from around the nation as a member of the Advisory Board for the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division. He has been endorsed by the Indiana Fraternal Order of Police, the Indiana State Police Alliance, and Indiana Right to Life.

Curtis Hill has served as Prosecuting Attorney for Elkhart County since 2003. He received his B.S. degree in Marketing from Indiana University, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Indiana University School of Law. Hill maintains a very active role in local, state and national organizations. He and his wife, Teresa, have five children.

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The Indiana Manufacturers Association Endorses Curtis Hill for Attorney General

The Indiana Manufacturers Association Endorses Curtis Hill for Attorney General

(Elkhart) Today, the Indiana Manufacturers Association (IMA) announced  that the IMA Board of Directors has voted to endorse Curtis Hill's candidacy for Indiana Attorney General in the November 2016 General Election.

Brian Burton, President & CEO and Andrew Berger, Vice President of Government Affairs and Tax Policy stated, "Our state needs an Attorney General who will seek common-sense solutions to business law issues and work to protect Hoosier manufacturers from federal and executive branch overreach.  The IMA is confident that you are the best-qualified candidate with the most-proven track record to achieve these goals."

In accepting this endorsement, Hill said, "I believe that freedom is opportunity. Opportunity is the engine that drives ingenuity -- and it is ingenuity that will make Indiana thrive. Supporting the efforts of innovation and growth in our manufacturing sector is critical to the economic success of Indiana."

Curtis Hill has served as Prosecuting Attorney for Elkhart County since 2003. He received his B.S. degree in Marketing from Indiana University, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Indiana University School of Law. Hill maintains a very active role in local, state and national organizations. He and his wife, Teresa, have five children. 

Right To Life Groups Endorse Republican Attorney General Nominee Curtis Hill

Right To Life Groups Endorse Republican Attorney General Nominee Curtis Hill

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Curtis Hill, Republican nominee for Attorney General of Indiana, received the endorsement of the Indiana Right to Life PAC and the Allen County Right to Life PAC at an event held this afternoon in Fort Wayne.  

In his endorsement, Mike Fitcher, Chairman, Indiana Right to Life PAC, stated, “I am pleased to inform you that Indiana Right to Life PAC is officially endorsing your candidacy for Indiana Attorney General. Our endorsement is based on a variety of factors including your completed candidate survey and strong support for life. ...Thank you for your support for the sanctity of life, and please accept my best wishes for a successful campaign.”

Cathie Humbarger, Communications Director with the Allen County Right to Life PAC, emphasized their confidence in Hill. “We enthusiastically support Curtis Hill for Indiana Attorney General. Hill understands the important role the Attorney General’s Office plays in protecting women’s health and safety. We are confident he will enforce the laws so that abortion doctors know if they operate in the State of Indiana, they must abide by Indiana’s rules. Abortion doctors will not get a free pass under Attorney General Hill.” Humbarger also serves as Vice President of Policy Enforcement for Indiana Right to Life.

In accepting these endorsements, Hill affirmed his commitment to the Right to Life mission. “I strongly support their mission to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy, and the promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion. As your Attorney General, I will always be committed to these causes and will strongly support their pro-family priorities.”

Curtis Hill has served as Prosecuting Attorney for Elkhart County since 2003. He received his B.S. degree in Marketing from Indiana University, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Indiana University School of Law. Hill maintains a very active role in local, state and national organizations. He and his wife, Teresa, have five children.

The Role of Attorney General

The Role of Attorney General

The most common question I get when traveling throughout the state is "what does the Attorney General do?" 

The role of Attorney General is as The Lawyer for the People of Indiana. The Indiana Attorney General represents and protects the legal interests of the people who live in Indiana. 

The reason why I would be honored to be Indiana’s next Attorney General is because I believe in America and the Constitution. Throughout my career, I have demonstrated and maintained the ability to represent the sound judgment, experience and passion to protect our great state.

Here are some facts about the responsibilities of the Attorney General for Indiana and why we need assure that we vote for the right person to protect our interests. I would be honored to have your vote on November 8th.

  • If someone sues the State of Indiana, the Attorney General defends our interests.  
  • If the State of Indiana has a contract, the Attorney General approves the contract to be sure that it complies with the law. 
  • The Attorney General is the legal advisor to all agencies when they make rules.
  • The Attorney General can fight the overreach of government for the people of Indiana. 
  • The Attorney General protects your safety by handling the appeals of criminal cases successfully. 
  • When you buy a car, the Attorney General helps prevent odometer fraud. 
  • If your identity is stolen, the Indiana Attorney General will help you and the prosecutor. 
  • If you are in danger from a violent person, the Attorney General will give a confidential address to you.  
  • If someone owes the state of Indiana money, the Attorney General will collect it for the taxpayers. 
  • The Attorney General fights fraud and deception with special units. 

 

Curtis Hill Issues Statement on Indiana Supreme Court Rule 26

Curtis Hill Issues Statement on Indiana Supreme Court Rule 26

As a career prosecutor, I am dedicated to fighting for the rights of victims and keeping people safe. When I file criminal charges, I consider the safety of victims and the community. When the judge determines bail, that decision should strike a balance between the presumption of innocence of the accused, the rights of the victim to see justice done, and the protection of the community from further harm.

The newly announced rule by the Indiana Supreme Court is a departure from that balance which may be bad for victims and dangerous for the community.  The policy reason for the rule appears to be an effort to reduce jail populations. However, such an effort should require a comprehensive legislative review of Indiana’s bail procedures along with broad public input.

Essentially, Rule 26 creates a new standard: the presumption of release. Current Indiana law sets forth a careful process for trial court judges to evaluate conditions for release, including bail. With Rule 26, the Court restricts the discretion of experienced judges by implementing a model risk assessment. The risk assessment relies on a staff decision based on unsworn, largely self-serving information from defendants. The process is believed to be the basis for lowering jail populations so it stands to reason that many of the defendants will be categorized as "low risk" or "moderate risk".

The presumption of release without posting a bond will result in violent criminals, such as rapists and child molesters, who are determined "low risk" based on their answers, walking out of jail. With no bond, a criminal may see no reason to stick around for trial. When criminals fail to appear for trial, victims see justice delayed or denied.  The community will experience an increase in crime due to this "catch and release" revolving door.

Prosecutors throughout the state have experienced horrifying results from the model risk assessment. According to the Indiana Prosecuting Attorney Council, in one instance, a young man helped to lure a young girl into a car to rape and murder her. He ultimately choked the life out of her and then threw her into a lake. He was found to be "low risk". In another instance a twice convicted rapist who was charged with a third rape was categorized as "moderate risk". The presumption of release combined with a defective risk assessment process will lead to an increase in crime and as a result more crime victims.

To be clear, the current statute allows trial judges to use their discretion in determining whether or not bail is appropriate and setting of conditions. In many instances, low bond or no posting of bond releases occur daily as do the setting of no bond holds for murder and high bonds for violent and chronic offenders. This process works and there is no reliable data that demonstrates otherwise. Before the Court moves further on in the implementation of its Rule 26, I’m hopeful that the Court will work with prosecutors, crime victims, law enforcement officers and the Indiana legislature to study the current process and accumulate sufficient data to clearly determine that there is a problem that needs fixing, and to determine that a new process considers not only the presumption of innocence, but also is sensitive to the impact on crime victims and the threat to public safety.

Indiana Business Journal Publishes Column About Opioid Epidemic by Curtis Hill

Indiana Business Journal Publishes Column About Opioid Epidemic by Curtis Hill

This week, Forefront - Indiana Business Journal - published this column about Curtis Hill's views regarding our opioid epidemic.

"As your attorney general, I will help lead the fight against the opioid epidemic in Indiana. As the only candidate with experience of leading the fight against drugs in my own community, I bring a unique perspective to the office of attorney general. I know our opioid problem will not be fixed overnight and will require the united effort of all our communities."

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Curtis Hill Launches Indiana Fraternal Order of Police Endorsement Tour

Curtis Hill Launches Indiana Fraternal Order of Police Endorsement Tour

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REPUBLICAN ATTORNEY GENERAL NOMINEE CURTIS HILL ENDORSED BY INDIANA FOP

INDIANAPOLIS – Curtis Hill, Republican nominee for Attorney General of Indiana, received the endorsement of the Indiana Fraternal Order of Police today in Indianapolis. During the FOP Endorsement Tour, Hill will be traveling to five locations throughout Indiana to honor the men and women who protect and serve and to thank the FOP for its endorsement of his campaign.

“In my four terms as Elkhart County Prosecutor, I’ve relied on the outstanding work of our fine police officers in every aspect of my job,” said Hill. “Police officers have chosen a career of personal sacrifice and service to our citizens. We owe them our respect, support and gratitude for their brave service to our communities and our citizens. That’s what my FOP Endorsement Tour is all about.”

In the endorsement tour launch of Hill, President of the Indiana Fraternal Order of Police William Owensby and PAC Chairman David Cook stated, “...the Indiana State Lodge (of the FOP) has overwhelmingly voted to support you in your upcoming election. Seldom do we find a candidate of your caliber who has the leadership and integrity to carry out the duties as Attorney General for the great State of Indiana. Your support and commitment to Indiana Law Enforcement has not gone unnoticed.”

In accepting the FOP’s endorsement, Hill praised the organization and its 14,000 members. “The Fraternal Order of Police represents what best in Indiana: honor, bravery, hard work and a commitment to making our lives better,” Hill said. “Although my FOP Endorsement Tour is limited to stops in Elkhart, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Jeffersonville and Evansville, I want all officers throughout the state to know that I appreciate their commitment to their jobs and that I will always support their unwavering service.”

Curtis Hill has served as Prosecuting Attorney for Elkhart County since 2003. He received his B.S. degree in Marketing from Indiana University, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Indiana University School of Law. Hill maintains a very active role in local, state and national organizations. He and his wife, Teresa, have five children.

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STATEMENT BY CURTIS HILL

ELKHART - Today, Curtis Hill, Republican Nominee for Attorney General, launched a Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) endorsement press tour. His released statement acknowledges and shows appreciation for the Indiana FOP and their endorsement for his candidacy as Indiana's next Attorney General:

"I want to thank the Fraternal Order of Police for their endorsement. Having served as a deputy prosecutor and an elected prosecutor in Elkhart County for almost 3 decades, I know the work of law enforcement because I am in law enforcement. I have worked alongside and will continue to stand with police and detectives against all threats to public safety.

"I stand with law enforcement because I understand that a person cannot be free if they are not safe. The people who put their lives on the line every day to protect us need elected officials who appreciate their hard work and sacrifice. I do.

"The Philadelphia FOP was right in their outrage when the DNC failed to honor the widows and family members of fallen police officers killed in the line of duty. I am outraged by the lack of respect and appreciation for law enforcement and family sacrifice.

"As a Prosecutor, I understand that each area in the State faces its own challenges and as your Attorney General I will seek to ensure that the law enforcement community has the tools, resources and training needed to protect the citizens of this State.

"I know the hard work that goes into getting a conviction. I will fulfill the responsibility of the office of Attorney General to protect the convictions that you work so hard to obtain.

"As your Attorney General I will provide bold and courageous leadership on behalf of law enforcement and the citizens of this State. Thank you for your support and together we will continue to protect the people of Indiana."

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Indiana Daily Student Column States Curtis Hill Is The Best Choice for Indiana Attorney General

Indiana Daily Student Column States Curtis Hill Is The Best Choice for Indiana Attorney General

By Steven Aranyi, Indiana Daily Student

Curtis Hill is running for Indiana attorney general on the Republican ticket. He currently serves as prosecuting attorney for Elkhart County, where he is in his fourth term. He graduated from Indiana University and later attended the Maurer School of Law at IU.

When Hill was first elected, Elkhart County’s prosecuting attorney’s office only worked part time. Through hard work and perseverance, he transformed the office into a full-time position.

In addition to this admirable feat, the fact that Hill has served four terms as prosecuting attorney shows Curtis Hill has a reputation for being a strong advocate for his community. His commitment to making Elkhart County a better place is demonstrated through his actions in office.

Hill’s platform this cycle is centered on four main goals: controlling government overreach, protecting families from drug and violent crimes, defending people from being victimized by fraud and inspiring children to lead meaningful lives.

These goals are certainly realistic. Under the leadership of current Attorney General Greg Zoeller, privacy protections for Hoosiers have been expanded by the Do Not Call law and credit freezes for parents on behalf of their children to provide a defense against identity theft have been implemented.

I believe that Curtis is the man to build on this positive change for Hoosiers. The beauty of Hill’s platform is that it’s perfectly viable. All four major platform points look to tackle major issues in Indiana. If Hill can make improvements in these fields, his tenure will be deemed a success.

Hill's agenda also includes combatting crime and drug abuse, specifically relating to meth and heroin. These two drugs are extremely problematic for Indiana. In 2015, Indiana law enforcement seized 1,530 meth labs across the state, which goes to highlight the magnitude of the problem.

Thousands of children grow up either within or close to these labs. Thus, two of Hill’s goals are closely connected, which makes them more achievable.

By giving families added safety, along with inspiring Hoosier youth to participate in existing programs, Hill can make long-term improvements to the state, make an actual difference in the lives of individual Hoosiers and help cultivate the next generation of Hoosier leaders.

Furthermore, Hill also wants to protect against government overreach. He acknowledges the importance the Second Amendment and wants to defend it — something I support. Hill will also stand up to overreaching executive orders, legislation and bureaucratic actions that disturb the lives of Hoosiers, in violation of the Constitution.

Hill was outspoken about his thoughts on President Barack Obama’s visit to his hometown of Elkhart, where he knocked the president’s policies and credited the economic development of the city to business leaders. He pledged to protect Indiana’s 10th Amendment rights.

It's not easy to come out against the president of the United States. This is one of an amalgamation of traits that Hill brings to the table as a candidate for attorney general.

This is a man who is seriously committed to Hoosiers. I’m looking forward to watching him make positive changes in communities across the state.

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Attorney General Candidate Hill to Appear in Bluffton

Attorney General Candidate Hill to Appear in Bluffton

The Journal Gazette - Curtis Hill, the Republican nominee for Indiana attorney general, will be the guest of a Wednesday luncheon in Bluffton sponsored by the 3rd District Republican Central Committee.

The event will be at the Wells County Republican Headquarters, 125 S. Johnson St. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a meet-and-greet with Hill, followed by lunch at noon and remarks by Hill.

Admission is $25 a person, $150 for event co-hosts and $250 for event hosts. Co-hosts and hosts receive additional tickets, and can place signs at the event and advertisements in the event program.

For tickets, contact 3rd District Treasurer Kyle Babcock at 317-701-0655 or Kyle@kyZle.com, or Wells County GOP Chairman Ralph Garcia at 260-273-1919 or ralphagarcia@sbcglobal.net.

Hill is the Elkhart County prosecutor. He will face Democratic attorney general nominee Lorenzo Arredondo, a retired Lake County circuit court judge, in the Nov. 8 general election.

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WSBT 22 News Feature Interview with Curtis Hill as Republican Nominee for Indiana Attorney General

WSBT 22 News Feature Interview with Curtis Hill as Republican Nominee for Indiana Attorney General

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Indiana attorney general candidate Curtis Hill shares how we keep people free by keeping them safe. 

For the past 14 years, Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill has traveled from his home to his office; the route, on repeat. The Republican was elected as prosecutor in 2002, and again in 2006, 2010, and 2014.

But Hill, 55, is hopeful to fill the Attorney General’s seat in November, replacing current Attorney General Greg Zoeller. Hill will face off against Democrat Lorenzo Arredondo, a retired circuit court judge from Lake County.

Delegates at the GOP state convention selected Hill over three other candidates in early June.

Hill said he’s always had an investigative nature, especially in his role as prosecutor.

“There’s fact finding in that,” said Hill. “There’s investigation review, there’s determination of wrong-conduct and right-conduct. Then you expand that to an entire state. The idea is to create a tenor of safety for as many people as possible.”

Hill called the AG’s office a “gun that hasn’t been fired.” If elected, he wouldn’t surround himself with ‘yes’ people: “It’s important to have people who will be very straight about issues, so that if we have questions about a hard case, I want to know exactly what someone thinks.”

Hill took center-stage most recently at a news conference for a triple homicide investigation in Elkhart. At the podium, Hill warned the public the danger in interfering with a criminal investigation.

But perhaps Hill’s most well-known case he’s prosecuted is that of the ‘Elkhart 4.’ In 2012, five boys broke into a home. The homeowner shot and killed one of the boys.

All four were charged with murder; one pleaded guilty but the other three were convicted. Last fall, the state Supreme Court overturned those three convictions.

“I thought it was wrong,” said Hill in an interview. “The law was quite clear that if one engages in a felony and a particular felony of burglary; during the commission of that burglary, someone dies as a result, that we can charge a felony murder.”

Hill said he respected the Supreme Court’s authority and decision, but doesn’t agree with it. He said the decision to prosecute the way he did, sets a tone for criminals in Elkhart County.

“To the future criminals, that message was: if you go break into someone’s house and somebody dies a result, Elkhart County is going to hold you up for murder,” said Hill. “I think that’s an important standard to have.”

‘Very important for the party’

Should Hill be elected, he would be the first African American male to hold the Attorney General’s Office. Pamela Carter was the first African American woman to hold the office in 1993.

“Race has never been an issue that I used or considered as a limitation,” said Hill.

“Nobody came from Indianapolis and tapped me and said, ‘will you come and run and do this so we can look like this,’” said Hill. “I’m coming in from north central Indiana. It was my idea along with a few friends, who said hey, maybe we can get involved in this and change the direction where we’re going.”

Hill said he’s always had a “leaning that went to the right” but got more conservative as he became older.

Hill said he’s interested in having a Republican in the White House in 2017. Before Trump was named GOP nominee, here’s what he said: “I certainly can’t say that I was ever in a position in that primary, where I was a Donald Trump supporter. But if he is the Republican nominee, I will be supportive, and that’s not withstanding differences.”

Hill confirmed those sentiments on Wednesday, adding that he does support Donald Trump: "It's important to have a person who espouses appropriate values and verbiages of the Supreme Court."

At the national level, Hill said his concern is the Supreme Court.

“I think it’s imperative that we have justices on the Supreme Court that are conservative-minded in the sense that they look at the constitution and don’t legislate from the bench,” he said.

Hill also said Trump's decision to pick Governor Mike Pence was an "inspired" one; adding that it says a lot about Trump that he would pick someone with "different style and different approach" and shows "discipline to bring in people from a variety of backgrounds."

On a local level, Hill said fixing the “heroin problem starts at the marijuana problem.” He said more and more conservative-minded people are moving towards legalization; something he would not support.

“I already know about the dangers of marijuana, I know what it can do to kids,” said Hill.

Hill received a marketing degree from Indiana University in Bloomington. He also received his doctorate from the IU School of Law. Prior to his time as prosecutor, he served as a deputy prosecuting attorney and worked at his private practice.

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Curtis Hill Republican Nominee for Indiana Attorney General on Recent Shootings in Dallas, Louisiana and Minnesota

Curtis Hill Republican Nominee for Indiana Attorney General on Recent Shootings in Dallas, Louisiana and Minnesota

I want to express my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those impacted by the most recent shootings across this country.  These troubling actions are casting a dark shadow over our American justice system. 

Notwithstanding this madness in America that has many questioning our system of justice, my message today is one of hope and encouragement.

I am encouraged because in my twenty-five years as a prosecutor, two things remain crystal clear for me:  I believe in America and I believe in justice for everyone. 

I have come to cherish the rule of law, even when it moves slowly or arrives at a result with which I might disagree.  We are a nation founded on the principle that we, the people, will govern ourselves.  Despite imperfections, our American system of justice remains our best hope for defending freedom, resolving disputes, and securing justice. 

As a prosecutor, it has been my responsibility to protect the integrity of our justice system.  It has been my responsibility, like that of every fellow prosecutor, that no matter who you are, no matter the color of your skin, or your station in life, if you are a victim of crime, I will seek justice for you.  Likewise, if you commit a crime, no matter who you are, no matter the color of your skin, or your station in life, I will seek to hold you accountable for your conduct.  This is especially true if you tarnish the badge worn by our brave heroes who take a vow to protect and serve our communities.

While there are occasions where police conduct is questionable and others where that conduct is proven to be criminal, police officers have chosen a career of personal sacrifice and service to others. Daily, they face grave danger.  We owe these officers our respect, support, and gratitude for their ongoing service. Our civil society is dependent on well-trained police officers placing themselves between us and those who wish to do us harm. 

Over the past few days, incidents in Dallas, Louisiana and Minnesota have caused many Americans to have reason to doubt our justice system. As tensions rise between many in the community and our public servants, we must allow justice the opportunity to work. Justice requires a process of investigation that often takes time, and we must not fall victim of knee-jerk reactions to what we read on social media. Most importantly, we can never tolerate the targeted murder of police officers as a valid response to questions, doubts, or even outright disdain for our justice system.

In the face of these doubts and horrific events that continue to unfold, we cannot ignore the featured role that race plays in the equation. Race and justice, or as it may be observed from a different perspective: racial injustice, is older than the founding of our nation and it has left a deep and scarred legacy to America’s story of freedom. 

Regrettably, not that long ago, ordinary justice was routinely denied to many: particularly to black Americans.  Despite many advances in American Justice, a common feeling of mistrust of police among many black Americans still exists to this day. In order for us to move forward as a nation, we must acknowledge the legitimacy of this well-earned mistrust.  Fortunately, historic incidents of injustice by law enforcement have largely given way to verifiable efforts by police officers to properly protect and serve all citizens with respect and dignity. 

Much is made of police action shootings involving white police officers and black shooting victims. The reality is that over 95% percent of black shooting victims in America are a result of blacks shooting blacks. This is a situation that is also horribly tragic and must be equally addressed.

Some Americans may have doubts about our criminal justice system.  In the face of these doubts, we have a choice. We can choose to ignore the root problems. We can choose to undermine or reject the entire justice system. We can simply accept when some evil actors turn to targeted acts of murder as a response. However, none of these options, especially the violence, will be our path forward. 

I will continue to embrace the rule of law and ensure that it is applied equally to all. I urge everyone to follow my lead down the path of trusting the justice system.  It is the great equalizer for all people.  Engage the justice system. Understand the issues behind these acts. Work to improve American justice while honoring those who protect and serve our communities.  We must all fight for justice.

Join me as I seek to promote respect for the rule of law, to facilitate understanding between people with different backgrounds, and to support strong communities, which will build our future.  For those of you who share this vision, I encourage you to believe in America and to have faith in our justice system and its ability to defend our freedom and secure our future.

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Forrest Lucas & Dan Dumezich Named as Co-Chairs of Curtis Hill for Indiana Finance Committee

Forrest Lucas & Dan Dumezich Named as Co-Chairs of Curtis Hill for Indiana Finance Committee

Elkhart – Curtis Hill for Indiana campaign today announced that Forrest Lucas, founder of Lucas Oil Products, Inc., and Dan Dumezich, a former Indiana State Representative and current Treasurer of the Indiana Republican Party, will serve as co-chairs of the campaign’s Finance Committee.

“Forrest Lucas and Dan Dumezich are both recognized nationally for their success in business and their commitment to public service,” said Curtis Hill, Republican nominee for Indiana Attorney General. “Forrest’s courage and determination to take a risk in building Lucas Oil paid off not only for his family, but for the dozens of causes and organizations that benefit from his constant generosity. Dan is a leader in our Republican Party in Indiana and is rightfully sought after by candidates for President down to those running for local office for his wise counsel. I know that together they will help us build a finance team that will exceed our goals and help fund a campaign that reaches every corner of the state.” 

Forrest Lucas said, “Curtis Hill brings the good sense and integrity that is so badly needed in this very important position of  Attorney General. He brings new and fresh ideas to the debate and has a proven record of success on behalf of the citizens of Elkhart County. I’m proud to stand at his side because I know he stands for all Hoosiers.”

Dumezich added, “As a state representative and longtime supporter of Republican candidates, I can’t think of anyone better to help Indiana fight back against excessive federal government overreach and ensure that our state and its people are safe from drugs, crime and violence. The Republican Party is lucky to have him on our statewide ticket this year.”

GOP Takes A Giant Leap Up The Hill: Howey Politics Commentary by Craig Dunn, Howard County Republican Party

GOP Takes A Giant Leap Up The Hill: Howey Politics Commentary by Craig Dunn, Howard County Republican Party

KOKOMO – Indiana Republicans can be proud that they took a giant leap forward on Saturday, when delegates to the Indiana Republican State Convention nominated Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill to be their candidate for Indiana attorney general.  
    
In a continuation of a political evolutionary process that witnessed three incredibly talented women lead the Indiana statewide Republican ticket in 2014, delegates to the 2016 Republican state convention created an historical moment with the Hill nomination.  Curtis Hill became the first African-American Republican to be nominated  for a statewide constitutional office.
    
First and foremost, Curtis Hill deserved the nomination. A four-term county prosecutor, Hill hit the entire State of Indiana like an April tornado.  Endorsed by 40 of his peers, Hill quickly served notice last year that he was in it to win it with hard work and a great message.
    
The path to the nomination for attorney general was going to be a tough one for any eventual winner. Republicans displayed an embarrassment of riches with its four attorney general candidates.  
    
Former Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter did an excellent job in his two terms in office. A tough and likeable guy, Carter is the type of candidate you just can’t beat by outworking. Carter was omnipresent on the dead chicken tour that we call the Lincoln Day Dinner circuit. He went door to door visiting with delegates. He was definitely going to be a formidable candidate for a return to the attorney general’s office.
    
Abby Kuzma honed her skills working as an assistant attorney general for Greg Zoeller. She is a talented, sharp and intelligent attorney. She was somewhat of a late entrant into the attorney general race and suffered from a lack of a political base to rely on for support. Still, not having run for office before and being a woman, coupled with her top notch credentials, meant that she couldn’t be ignored at a convention.
    
Finally, State Sen. Randy Head offered a potent mix of strengths for any convention run. He is young, talented and energetic and had a great vision for the attorney general office. In addition, he had the ability to marshal an army of his fellow state senators in his support. Head had also chaired the successful state treasurer campaign of Kelly Mitchell at the 2014 Republican State Convention. He had helped author a very successful convention strategy and was set to duplicate the feat in 2016.
    
The first step in the nominating process was a nomination speech made by an advocate for the candidate. I scored Randy Head the winner of the nomination speech derby. It is hard to beat having a statewide office holder, Treasurer Kelly Mitchell, do your nomination. Curtis Hill’s nomination speech was impressive and kept the delegates’ attention. Steve Carter’s nomination speech focused on his many achievements as the former attorney general. I got a sense that many delegates were looking for more of a forward-looking nominating speech.  Finally, Abby Kuzma’s nominator told of her work in establishing the Neighborhood Christian Legal Network. This gave her credence as both an innovator and a Christian, two marketable traits to carry before Indiana Republican delegates.
    
The candidate speeches themselves were a mixed bag of strategy and delivery.
    
Abby Kuzma focused on human trafficking and an emphasis on toughening enforcement of the laws governing this serious problem. While a worthwhile message, I believe the delegates were viewing each speech as an audition for who would bring the most value to a statewide ticket and Kuzma just didn’t light many fires with her speech.
    
Randy Head delivered a spot-on speech that was energetic, had the right message and impressed the assembled delegates. Head looked pretty strong by the time he wrapped up his speech.
    
Steve Carter gave a relatively flat speech that failed to focus on his future plans for the office. While his accomplishments as attorney general were impressive, they were done eight years ago and delegates were looking for something to help light up the statewide ticket for 2016.  You could almost sense that delegates were looking for lightning in a bottle. Carter failed to offer that elixir.
    
I had seen Curtis Hill speak on several occasions. Each time, Hill had kept his audiences riveted on his message and impressed with his delivery. The problem with being a dynamic speaker is the risk that on the big day, your speech fails to live up to expectations.  
    
On Hill’s big day, in front of 1,731 Republican delegates, he hit it out of the park. Hill talked about his family’s journey, its challenges and its triumph. A product of a strong family that instilled in Hill a refusal to accept the status quo, he fought prejudice and triumphed over adversity.  Hill then made a superb case for his vision for the future of the attorney general’s office. He also made a forceful case for standing up to the federal government in court that was met with rousing applause.
    
The rules adopted for the Republican convention required that the lowest vote getter on each ballot be dropped from the contest. After the dramatic first ballot, Abby Kuzma was dropped after garnering only 76 votes. The remaining three candidates were within 100 votes of each other.
    
The big question after round one of voting was who would get Kuzma’s votes on the second ballot. Kuzma threw her support to Randy Head between votes and Head needed the boost since he had finished third on the first ballot. The problem with endorsements after the balloting begins is the inability to effectively communicate these endorsements to the delegates. It only stands to reason that no serious candidate spends any time working on contingencies in the event of defeat. Trust me. I’ve been on the short end of the convention stick as a floor manager and once you get eliminated, there’s not much you can do to influence the eventual outcome.
    
Surprisingly, Head finished the second ballot with roughly the same total as on the first ballot, as did Steve Carter. The candidate who showed momentum on the second ballot was Curtis Hill, making significant gains.
    
With Sen. Head finding himself as the odd man out after the second ballot, he threw his support to Curtis Hill. The final ballot gave Hill a resounding victory and the rest, as they say, is history.
    
Curtis Hill presents Indiana Democrats with a major problem. He defies all of the stereotypes and prejudices that the Democrats spew in an effort to paint the Republican Party as the party of old white men. Hill brings a vigor and message to the campaign that will play well in every nook and cranny of Indiana. It shows the Indiana Republican Party to be the party of ideas and a party of progress. Curtis Hill will give John Gregg and the Democrats fits from now until Election Day.
    
On a personal note, I’d like to say that I was prouder of the Indiana Republican Party than I’ve been in some time.  The 1,731 delegates assembled in Indianapolis met and selected not only the best candidate for the Republican ticket, as the attorney general candidate, but they also selected the best man for the job.  
    
Indiana Republicans proved once again that when it comes time to do the right thing for the people of Indiana, we get it right. Curtis Hill was the right man at the right time and the Republican Party and the State of Indiana will be the better for his nomination. 

Dunn is chairman of the Howard County Republican Party.

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