Holton spent the last 15 years as a federal prosecutor, most recently as Oregon’s acting U.S. Attorney.
As state attorney general, Holton says one of his biggest focuses would be crime prevention.
Holton says 85-percent of the people in Oregon corrections have drug issues, which need to be addressed.
“If we want to get serious about the budget if we want to get serious about getting this right, we need to fund early intervention programs, we need to fund public education, and we need to fund addiction treatment programs,” says Holton.
“We work together to try to prevent crime on the front end so we don’t have to deal with law enforcement problems on the back end that’s the way we should be doing business,” says Holton.
Holton says he’d also put more emphasis on consumer protection for those who aren’t on the internet. He says he also wants to crack down on mortgage fraud and big banks aggressive foreclosure tactics.