With a mere two weeks remaining before the Nov. 7 election, Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter received a big boost for his campaign Monday.
Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter paid a visit to Greencastle Monday, publicly endorsing Bookwalter as prosecutor.
Bookwalter is on the Republican ticket. He is running for re-election against Democrat challenger James Ensley.
Carter cited Bookwalter's approach to dealing with the ongoing methamphetamine issue in Putnam County and his handling of child support issues as reasons to throw his support behind the Putnam County resident.
"Tim's approach to the meth issue is very progressive," Carter said. "There are good signs of it playing out well, but it's still a significant problem for us.
"I really enjoy working with prosecutors across that state. But Tim is a proven leader in the community. He has aggressively addressed the meth issue. He's doing some things here that I think other counties can take note of."
Since taking office in 2004, Bookwalter said he has worked diligently to deal with the methamphetamine issue. He said he has also tried close to 80 people for neglect of child support.
Carter added Bookwal-ter's experience in law is crucial.
"He probably brings greater civil trial experience," Carter said. "He's been on both sides, which is a good mix. Prosecutor and judicial positions are real critical. But our office works with whomever is elected."
Still, Carter said he expected Bookwalter to win re-election on Nov. 7.
"I expect him to win," Carter said. "But it's good to see somebody that's a veteran to public service not take it for granted."