The focus of the Michigan attorney general’s office could move in two very different directions depending on whether voters elect Mike Cox or Gary Peters as the state’s top lawyer Tuesday.

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Gary Peters
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While state Sen. Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) says protecting consumers is his top priority, his Republican opponent wants to deploy more resources toward combating violent crime.

“Part of being the chief law enforcement officer is building on consumer protection and saying, ‘We can do more,'” Cox said.

The Livonia Republican said he plans to use state resources to aid local prosecutions, drawing on his experience in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

Peters said while the attorney general can provide aid, the responsibility for most violent crime prevention falls to county prosecutors.

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