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Omaha Democrat files for attorney general

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Omaha attorney Evangelos Argyrakis has filed as a Democratic candidate for attorney general and said he would prioritize enforcement of laws dealing with abuse and neglect of children if he is elected next year.

Argyrakis said this month's upset Democratic Senate victory in Alabama prompted him to make a bid for a statewide office that has been held by Republicans in Nebraska for virtually eight decades.

"If it can be done in Alabama, then Democrats can win in Nebraska," Argyrakis said, although he acknowledged that he is "well aware that it will be very difficult, if not almost impossible, to win."

Republican Attorney General Doug Peterson will be seeking re-election to a second four-year term next year.

Argyrakis said he believes "Nebraskans deserve to have a choice on the ballot" and he decided to jump into the race when he was informed that Democrats did not have a candidate.

"If another Democratic candidate already had been lined up, I would not have put my name on the ballot," he said.

Another priority concern for him if he is elected would be "scams that target people who are elderly because they are vulnerable," Argyrakis said.

Argyrakis, 50, is a 1992 graduate of Creighton University College of Law.

His private practice had centered on immigration issues, but Argyrakis said he is not currently engaged in active law practice. He had first considered being a candidate for attorney general in 2010.

Argyrakis is a first-generation American who was born in Omaha; his parents are Greek immigrants.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7248 or dwalton@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @LJSDon.

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