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Candidate Conversation: Attorney General

OPB | April 24, 2012 9:20 a.m. | Updated: Sept. 10, 2013 11:28 p.m.

If you’re looking ahead to the May 15th Primary, you might want to pay particular attention to the Attorney General’s race. Two Democrats (and no Republicans) are battling it out — and that means one of them will win the office this May. The candidates are Dwight Holton and Ellen Rosenblum.

Dwight Holton spent the last two years as the U.S. Attorney for Oregon. He stepped down in order to run for A.G. of Oregon. Previously he worked as a federal prosecutor. Holton grew up in Virginia where his father was the governor from 1970 to 1974. He was educated on the east coast but his website says this about his Oregon career:

[He] has appeared in court over 1000 times, successfully prosecuting gangs, drug traffickers and terrorists. He stood up for consumers by attacking mortgage and financial fraud, put corporate polluters in prison and defended Oregonians’ civil rights.

Ellen Rosenblum has practiced law for 14 years. She’s worked as a federal prosecutor as well as an appellate and trial judge. She graduated from law school at the University of Oregon and began her practice at a small firm in Eugene. According to her website:

[She] served as a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals from 2005-2011. During her time as a judge she presided over thousands of cases involving Oregon citizens—from small claims to more serious crimes.

Now both of these Democrats are running to be the state’s chief lawyer. This person will oversee the Department of Justice where he or she will provide legal advice to state agencies and have a crucial role in deciding high profile legal cases.

Who’s got your vote? Why?


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