- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Attorney General

Duties of the state attorney general: Act as the state’s chief law enforcement officer. Monitor consumer protection laws and prosecute high-profile criminal cases.

Candidate: Tom Miller

Age: 70

Political party: Democrat

Residence: Des Moines

Occupation: Attorney General

Education: BA, Loras College; JD, Harvard Law School

Professional experience: Was a volunteer in the national service program VISTA in Baltimore before working as a legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. John C. Culver, a Democrat from Iowa. Later worked as the legal education director at the Baltimore Legal Aid Bureau. Opened a law practice in McGregor in northeast Iowa and served as city attorney. Was also city attorney for Marquette and was a partner at a private law firm from 1991 to 1994.

Political experience: Elected attorney general in 1978 and has held office since except for 1990-1994, following failed run for governor.

Top Goals if Elected:

- Will continue emphasis on consumer protection, noting his previous work to fight businesses that run deceptive membership buying clubs and ensure for-profit colleges advertise properly to students.

- Wants to prosecute more cases involving human trafficking and continue work with law enforcement officials on training and education in this area.

- Wants to prosecute more cases overall and emphasizes consumer protection and criminal law.

Quote: “I love this job, and I’m energized by the job. I feel that we’ve done some of our best work in this term and are poised to do maybe even better next time.”

Candidate: Adam Gregg

Age: 31

Political party: Republican

Residence: Des Moines

Occupation: Attorney

Education: BA, Central College; JD, Drake Law School

Professional experience: Worked at the BrownWinick law firm between 2009 and 2012.

Political experience: Adviser to Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds in 2012.

Top Goals if Elected:

- Emphasizes protecting families and calls for creation of a division that would prosecute crimes against children and focus on issues including human trafficking and cyber bullying.

- Wants to help farmers by opposing federal rules he thinks overstep constitutional boundaries, noting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposals dealing with waterways.

- Seeks open government and supports efforts to ensure certain personnel records involving serious misconduct by state employees are made public. Wants to examine operation of state licensing boards.

Quote: “I’m not just traveling the state, solely criticizing the incumbent. I’ve actually laid out a number of really specific proposals regarding how we can do things differently when I’m attorney general, and what my priorities are going to be.”

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