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Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell
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In January, Vermont will have a new attorney general for the first time in a generation.  Incumbent Bill Sorrell announced in September 2015 that he would not seek reelection this year after serving in the post since 1997.  The longest-serving attorney general in the state’s history says that after nearly 20 years in the office it was time to let someone new take the post.

The Vermont Attorney General's office has filed a civil lawsuit claiming the publicly-financed candidate in last year’s race for lieutenant governor committed campaign finance violations. Now, the former candidate has filed a countersuit.

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Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell says he has some unfinished business he wants to complete, so the 66-year-old says he'll seek another term next year.

Republican attorney general candidate Jack McMullen says he is going to focus his campaign and the attorney general's office more on fighting crime.

He says Attorney General Bill Sorrell has focused his efforts on consumer protection and civil matters.

McMullen held a press conference on Wednesday in the yard of a Burlington homeowner whose neighborhood has seen a rash of drug-related property crimes.

Sorrell won the Democratic nomination in a close primary with challenger T.J. Donovan.

The two Democrats vying for their party's nomination for Vermont attorney general are voicing disagreement over whether a tax on soft drinks is a good idea.

Attorney General William Sorrell has supported such a tax, saying obesity is starting to vie with tobacco among preventable threats to Vermonters' health.

Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan says he opposes a soda tax, arguing that it would fall disproportionately on working-class Vermonters.