Bill Sorrell is the longest serving Attorney General in Vermont history. First appointed to the office by Governor Howard Dean, he was initially sworn in on May 1, 1997. He has since won re-election every two years. But on September 28th, Sorrell announced that he will not run again. The Attorney General tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley why he decided to retire.
An independent counsel appointed by Governor Peter Shumlin is investigating a complaint filed by the Vice Chair of the Vermont Republican party alleging campaign finance violations by Attorney General Bill Sorrell during the 2012 and 2014 elections. Sorrell, a Democrat, has denied any wrongdoing and says it is not a factor in his decision to retire.