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By Andy Metzger

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE — Republican candidate for attorney general John Miller announced Thursday he would drop out of the party if he wins the Nov. 4 election.

Miller also said he filed an initiative petition Thursday to amend the constitution and establish non-partisan elections for attorney general.

The Winchester attorney faces Democrat Maura Healey, a former official in Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office and a first-time candidate who trounced primary opponent Warren Tolman after his candidacy was backed by Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh.

"Our constitution assigns politics to the House, the Senate, and the Governor’s office. That’s how it should be. But, there is no place for personal or political agendas in the Attorney General’s Office," Miller said in a statement.

Miller has released political ads, including a 45-second video that portrays the attorney general’s office as a new video game where the protagonist fights "corruption on Beacon Hill" rather than receiving "political headlines."

Miller spokesman Rick Gorka, a Republican consultant, said the party has a definite use "as a mechanism to get elected," but said after the election the work of the state’s chief law enforcement officer should no longer be colored by politics.

"He wants to put his money where his mouth is," said Gorka, who said Miller would not leave the party if he loses and suggested Healey should leave the Democratic Party if she wins.

Gorka also said the move is "not at all" a slight against the party.

Coakley, who has the support of prominent Democrats in her current campaign, is locked in a tight contest for the Corner Office with Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker.

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