Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Former U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach Announces Campaign for Ohio Attorney General

Pledges to use experience as career prosecutor to keep Ohio safe and hold the powerful accountable

CLEVELAND, OH – Former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Steve Dettelbach released the following statement today, after announcing to supporters that he is running for Ohio Attorney General.

A career prosecutor with more than a two-decade record of protecting public safety and holding the powerful accountable, Dettelbach never lost a federal criminal trial.

“As a prosecutor for more than 20 years, I fought terrorists, the opioid crisis, corrupt politicians, and corporate fraud. Now I’m running for Attorney General to continue to fight for the people of Ohio.

“Ohio’s next Attorney General must be someone with real experience dealing with the real threats Ohio faces. These threats include an opioid crisis that is destroying lives, families, and communities. They also include ongoing threats from crime and terrorism, and increasing cyber attacks on our personal, financial, and medical data. As U.S. Attorney, I served as the top prosecutor in a district representing more than 6 million Ohioans across 40 counties. I worked hand-in-hand with the dedicated men and women of law enforcement to fight the scourge of opioids and to keep Ohio safe from physical and cyber threats. As Attorney General, my number one priority will always be keeping Ohio safe.

“But more than just keeping us safe, Ohio’s next Attorney General must also be someone with real experience holding the powerful accountable. Too many hard-working Ohioans today see a system rigged against them. They see the rich, powerful, and well-connected play by one set of rules, while everyone else plays by another. As a career prosecutor, I’ve always fought to make sure everyone plays by the same set of rules. I’ve put corrupt politicians in both parties behind bars, and gone after corporations that preyed on consumers or defrauded the government out of taxpayer money. As Attorney General, I’ll fight to level the playing field and hold the powerful accountable so that all Ohioans get their fair shot.

“For its next Attorney General, Ohio needs a prosecutor, not a politician. I’ve spent my career keeping our families safe and holding the powerful accountable. I’m ready to lead on day one.”

Dettelbach kicks off his campaign days after completing a months-long listening tour across Ohio. The final leg of Dettelbach’s tour was to Southeastern Ohio last week, where he met with law enforcement, community leaders, and working families.