Attorney general candidate steps down amid strangulation charge, Democrats plan a replacement

Attorney general candidate steps down amid strangulation charge, Democrats plan a replacement
Van Argyrakis

The Nebraska Democratic candidate for attorney general who was accused of attacking his father has stepped aside, citing health reasons.

Van Argyrakis had faced calls to remove himself from the ballot because he was charged with felony strangulation following an altercation with his 82-year-old father on April 8.

Party leaders can choose a replacement Democrat to appear on the ballot.

Democratic Party chairwoman Jane Kleeb said in a statement that she plans to find a substitute candidate.

That candidate will face Republican incumbent Attorney General Doug Peterson in the Nov. 6 general election.

Van Argyrakis had previously said he would make a decision after a May 9 court hearing. In that hearing, his case was bound over to district court.

“Thank you for the nomination for AG, but due to health-related issues I am resigning from the campaign,” he told the party in a statement on Friday.

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