Committee to Elect
Vivian Houghton Attorney General
The News Journal, Oct. 20, 2002, Page A-1
race expected to be close
By MARY ALLEN
Three longtime Delaware
attorneys are facing off in the race to be the state's top prosecutor in
what party leaders expect will be one of the closest contests on the Nov.
Democrat Carl Schnee, a
66-year-old former U.S. attorney, and Green Party candidate Vivian A.
Houghton, 60, a former Democratic Party activist, are challenging Attorney
General M. Jane Brady, 51, a Republican who is the first woman elected to
what is viewed as Delaware's second-highest elective office.
Schnee and Houghton are
making their first runs for statewide public office. Brady is a
veteran of statewide campaigns that include a 1990 loss to U.S. Sen. Joe
Biden, D-Del., and winning efforts for attorney generial in 1994 and 1998.
The winner will direct a
staff of 355 and oversee a $25 million budget. The job pays
$116,700, according to the state personnel office.
The attorney general is
the state's highest-ranking law enforcement officer. The office
prosecutes crimes, provides legal services to state agencies, enforces
laws against fraud and deceptive trade practices, and implements
Delaware's Victim's Bill of Rights.
[web note: This News Journal page A-1 article included a
picture of each candidate, referred to candidate profiles in another
article and reported on candidate perspectives on race in a third article.