Former congressman Todd Rokita to run for attorney general

FILE - Republican Rep. Todd Rokita thanks supporters at an election night rally after winning Indiana's 4th Congressional District in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

HENDRICKS COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) — Former Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita announced he is running for the Office of Attorney General.

The former Indiana Secretary of State and 4th District congressman will be seeking the Republican nomination at the upcoming Indiana Republican State Convention.

“I have worked to protect our small business job creators, the only candidate to earn a Guardian of Small Business award multiple times for fighting job-killing red tape and high taxes," Rokita said in the press release. "All of these issues are important as we provide Indiana voters the trusted leadership they need in representing their interests before Indiana and federal courts."

Attorney General Curtis Hill began his 30-day suspension Monday after being accused of inappropriately touching women at a party celebrating the end of the legislative session in March 2018.

The punishment prohibits Hill from practicing law in Indiana during his suspension.

“Running against a Republican officeholder is not something I ever would want to do, in just about any circumstance. But our incumbent is wounded," Rokita said in the press release. "The unanimous Supreme Court ruling, by Republican appointed and conservative Justices, after a significant investigation of the facts made this choice clear."

The Indiana primary election was moved from May 4 to June 2 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Republican State Convention will take place June 18.

Delegates will receive their ballots by mail around June 22. The deadline to receive returned ballots is July 9 at 5 p.m. All ballots will be delivered to a counting location on July 10.

The Indiana gubernatorial election is still scheduled to take place Nov. 3.