The three candidates, along with others from both major parties, are hoping to succeed three-term Attorney General Lori Swanson, who’s running for governor this year.
Ellison, who also served two terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives and ran a civil rights, employment and criminal defense law practice in Minneapolis, said a main reason for seeking the office is its importance for helping citizens.
“State attorney generals are on the forefront of protecting Americans every day,” Ellison said. “Particularly in this era, when we have a federal administration separating families.”
If elected, Ellison said he would focus on protecting individual rights on a number of issues.
“We’re going to make sure people keep the money that they earn. I’ll be a strong advocate for consumer justice. That means stopping consumer theft and fraud. That also means looking out for workers,” Ellison said. “The second thing is protecting people’s rights as citizens and join other attorney generals in opposing the separation executive orders that the Trump Administration is pursing.”
Pelikan, who received the party’s endorsement earlier this year, is also focused on protecting citizens in a number of ways. Bringing experience from working for the Minnesota Supreme Court and clerking for Justices Paul Anderson and David Lillehaug, Pelikan told the Pioneer he’s running for the office to make an impact.
In an interview, Pelikan said he would fight for economic opportunity if elected and would stand up for both workers and consumers. Additionally, Pelikan said he would work on enforcing antitrust laws and common sense gun safety.
Rothman, who was appointed as commissioner of commerce in 2011 by Gov. Mark Dayton, said his experience will give him an advantage in protecting Minnesotans.
“The attorney general’s office has historically been based on consumer protection, and my campaign is about being ready to