Former U.S. Attorney Pat Miles enters Democratic race for Attorney General

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LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Former U.S. Attorney Pat Miles is launching his campaign for the Democratic nomination for attorney general today with stops in Lansing, Grand Rapids and Detroit.

Miles, a graduate of Grand Rapids Public Schools who went on to attend Aquinas College and Harvard Law School, was appointed U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan in 2011 by President Barack Obama.

He resigned in January and went into private practice in Grand Rapids.

Miles had announced his intention to run earlier this month.

“We live in dangerous times and the office of Michigan Attorney General is more important than ever before,” Miles said. “Michigan needs an attorney general who sees injustice in Flint or anywhere else and stands up to protect people regardless of their race, income, or who they love.”

During his five-year tenure, he obtained “more than 100 convictions involving the sexual exploitation of children,” the news release says.

Miles is not the only candidate seeking the Democratic nomination.

Dana Nessel, the lawyer for April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, a lesbian couple fighting for gay marriage and a case that ended up overturning Michigan’s constitutional ban on gay marriage, has announced she was running for attorney general.

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