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State's top law enforcement official stops in Port Angeles

June 27th, 2013 - 5:50am

(Port Angeles) -- Washington state's's newly-elected Attorney General made a swing through Port Angeles and the Olympic Peninsula Wednesday.

Bob Ferguson said he was making a push to become acquainted with his staffers in area.

Ferguson, a former member of the King County Council, took office earlier this year, and has a lot of people he hasn't met with yet.

"In holding statewide office, I want to get all around the state. We have a small office of six staff and attorneys in Port Angeles. I want to visit with them and reach out to others in the community," said Ferguson.

Ferguson said his office is faced with many challenges, but two big ones in particular.

"The legalization of marijuana is one. It is my job is to defend the will of the voters on the issue. Number two is the clean up at Hanford. Our job is to hold the federal government's feet to the fire to make sure they meet deadlines and obligation to clean up the site," said Ferguson."

Another priority for Ferguson is helping veterans in Washington state.

"I'm trying to put a whole new initiative around protecting veterans in our state, particularly with consumer protection. There are unscrupulous businesses trying to take advantage of seniors and veterans and access their benefits. I want to see more robust advocacy on behalf of veterans and senior citizens," said Ferguson.

Port Angeles was the last stop on a whirlwind tour of the Peninsula.

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