for Ohio Attorney General
Endorsed by the Ohio Democratic Party
STOP CORRUPTION AND BACKROOM DEALS
As Ohio Attorney General, Steve Dettelbach will work with anyone who wants to help him shine more light on politicians and enact new reforms to stop officeholders from tipping the scales to favor their donors and other powerful interests. His plan will level the playing field for all Ohioans by making it harder for politicians to stack the deck. And for those corrupt politicians that even more sunshine won’t stop, Steve’s plan will increase penalties to help make sure government officials who take bribes go to prison. Therefore, I humbly ask for the opportunity to earn your support and vote for the seat being vacated as a result of the Honorable Judge Cheryl Karner’s retirement.
SUPPORT LAW ENFORCEMENT AND STAND UP FOR VICTIMS
As Ohio’s top law enforcement official, it is the job of the Attorney General to protect Ohio families and children. As a 20-year prosecutor, Steve Dettelbach knows how to keep Ohio safe, and that the job starts with supporting law enforcement and standing up for victims.
Over two decades as a prosecutor, Steve worked with federal, state, and local law enforcement, and county prosecutors, to put away violent criminals, including murderers, child predators, and more than 40 human traffickers.
FIGHTING THE OPIOID CRISIS AND IMPROVING OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
The State of Ohio currently has the second-highest rate of opioid-related deaths in the country, and there have been periods that Ohio has been first. Nearly 5,000 Ohioans died of drug overdose deaths in 2017.
As a career federal prosecutor for two decades, and as U.S. Attorney, Steve Dettelbach busted hundreds of large-scale drug dealers year after year, and he worked with law enforcement to execute the largest heroin seizure in Ohio history.
But Steve knows that fighting the opioid crisis isn’t just about enforcement—it’s also about treatment and prevention. That’s why, as Ohio’s top federal prosecutor, Dettelbach brought together leaders in the medical community, treatment experts, members of law enforcement, and advocates to form the U.S. Attorney’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force to address the crisis at the community level. That Task Force has become a national model for fighting the opioid crisis, and was recognized by the United States Attorney General as the best program of its type in the nation.
In enforcement, treatment, and prevention, Dettelbach’s plan also addresses criminal justice reform. Too many people suffering from addiction are put in prison and not given the tools they need to recover. And more often than not, this system disproportionately impacts communities of color. These disparities have inflated our prisons to the point they are overflowing and crushed our budgets. Yet even after spending all this money on prisons, the drug problem in Ohio continues to be worse than ever.
To help turn the tide, Dettelbach’s plan takes a multipronged approach to the opioid crisis: taking on big pharmaceutical companies responsible for this crisis, expanding access to drug courts, and giving law enforcement the tools they need to take drug dealers off the street while making sure that we use new techniques to protect innocent people.