- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan will once again be seeking the Democratic nomination for state attorney general in 2016.

Donovan ran against current Attorney General Bill Sorrell in 2012, losing by about 700 votes.

Donovan told The Burlington Free Press (https://bfpne.ws/1IuJ7jZ) he considered the idea of running again for some time but didn’t decide until after the Vermont Democratic Party’s annual David W. Curtis Leadership Awards dinner Friday night.

“At the Curtis dinner Friday night, I got a lot of encouragement and a lot of support, and I just decided there’s no reason to be coy about it,” Donovan said. “I’m doing it, and I should just put it out there that I am doing it and prepare for the hard work.”

Donovan said he is focused on several issues for the state - consumer protection, the heroin epidemic, criminal justice reform, campaign finance and environmental protection.

Sorrell said he is not surprised by Donovan’s decision and is not thinking about the 2016 election.

Instead, Sorrell is focusing on a lawsuit brought against him by Brady Toensing, vice chairman of the Vermont Republican Party. The suit alleges campaign finance misdeeds by Sorrell.

“I’m looking forward to the truth coming out,” Sorrell said.

Donovan said he thinks it’s time for change.

“I think it’s time for new leadership, new ideas, and I think that’s very clear,” he said.

Donovan expects to make a formal announcement on his candidacy after Labor Day.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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