Attorney general candidate: 'Your vote is your voice'

Herald Times: Lorenzo Arredondo has been asked why he didn’t just retire after 34 years as a judge in Lake County.

His answer is simple: By running to be Indiana’s next attorney general, he’s looking to do his part in making society better.

Arredondo said that’s a duty his parents, who were Mexican immigrants, impressed upon him.

“My folks, having come to America seeking the American dream, said if you were blessed then you have a moral obligation to continue passing on the blessings,” he said Wednesday afternoon during a visit to Monroe County.

The Indiana University alumnus (he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Bloomington campus) said he’s running for a chance at making history, as well; no person of Hispanic or Latino descent has held the seat of Indiana attorney general.

Mark Fraley, chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Party, said that’s particularly important in this election.

“Latinos have been used as political football throughout this entire election,” Fraley said as he and Arredondo stood outside Election Central along with others calling for Latinos in Monroe County to get out and vote. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey, about 3.5 percent of Monroe County’s population identifies as Hispanic or Latino.

Arredondo agreed this election cycle has been one that Latinos can’t ignore, from calls to build a wall on the Mexican border to threats of mass deportation.

“If this isn’t the biggest wake-up call, I don’t know what is,” the Democrat said.

He said Latinos — and all people, really — have to quit living in the shadows and start participating.

“Our democracy, it’s not a spectator sport,” Arredondo said. “Your vote is your voice. And without your vote, you don’t have a voice.”