In an effort to present Indiana voters with as much information about the candidates for public office and assist convention delegates in their decision making process, Indy Politics has offered space to the candidates for Attorney General to make their case.
by Abby Kuzma
I am a lifelong Hoosier, born and raised in Bloomington, where I married my high School sweetheart. I’m a mother of four grown children and have 3 wonderful grandchildren.
When it comes to protecting and fighting for Hoosiers, experience matters. I was Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s first hire when he took office and have worked for him in senior leadership roles for the past seven years and a half years. I have served as Director and Chief Counsel of the Consumer Protection Division in the Office of the Attorney General, supervising more than 100 employees, including 36 attorneys. This Division has aggressively pursued identity theft and deceptive practices and scams, holding bad actors accountable and educating the elderly, military service members, students and others about these threats.
I worked with the Prescription Drug Task force and the Bitter Pill campaign to address the crisis of prescription drug abuse. I also worked to expand and strengthen the first statewide task force on human trafficking as well as develop the new Victims Services and Outreach Division.
In 1994, I founded and served as Executive Director of the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic for 15 years, a faith based, pro-Bono legal clinic serving low-income families throughout the state. I also previously worked in the United States Senate as General and then Chief Counsel for two different U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittees including the Constitution Subcommittee. I gained an in-depth understanding of State’s Rights, the importance of the Balance of Powers, federalism and the Tenth Amendment.
During the last seven and a half years, we have made history pushing back against federal overreach–suing the federal government a record 42 times on issues such as Obamacare, EPA overreach and attacks against our coal industry.The State of Indiana – under the Tenth Amendment – has the right to govern itself beyond the federal powers specifically enumerated by the Constitution.
I am running for Attorney General to not only continue the accomplishments of the office under Greg’s leadership, but also to expand upon the initiatives and coalitions we have built over the last seven and a half years. As your next Attorney General, I will use my experience to:
Work to strengthen laws to protect victims and put violent criminals behind bars and keep them there;
Fight the scourge of drug trafficking, provide treatment options for victims and protect our families from the horrors of addiction and abuse;
Expose scammers engaged in identity theft, online fraud, deception and rip-off schemes, targeting those who go after our seniors, the military and students;
Protect and defend victims of human trafficking and stop this problem at its core;
Defend the Constitution and fight the ongoing threat of federal overreach that infringes on Hoosier businesses and families.
Through my service to Hoosiers all across the state, to my experience on the front lines as Assistant Attorney General, I believe I have the experience, vision and leadership to hit the ground running on day one. If you are a delegate, I ask for your vote at the Indiana Republican Convention on Saturday. Together we will win in November.