Democrat John Lake declares candidacy for LaPorte County prosecutor

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John Lake has announced his candidacy as a Democrat for LaPorte County prosecutor in the 2018 election.

“The LaPorte County prosecutor is the most important elected position when it comes to matters of criminal justice,” Lake said in a press release. “LaPorte County needs strong leadership in this role, and I have over 22.5 years of experience working as a deputy prosecutor in the LaPorte County Prosecutor’s Office, have the extensive and necessary major felony trial experience, and overall leadership skills to make the prosecutor’s office a destination for attorneys to work, instead of the revolving door that it has unfortunately become.

“I seek to be the next LaPorte County Prosecutor because I see a need for new leadership, and have a complete understanding of what policies work and do not work, having successfully served under four elected prosecutors. I look forward to renewing friendships and forging new ones as I travel around the county to explain my vision for the office. As those who know me well can attest, I will exhaustively prepare for the many challenges of this office and will constantly seek out and strive to form strong relationships with police officers, judges, and all court personnel to make certain that the justice system runs smoothly. Most important, I will be certain that all victims of crimes are given a voice and are treated with the utmost respect.

“The essential role of a prosecutor is to seek justice and not simply to win at all costs. I believe the most important role of the elected LaPorte County prosecutor is to handle the most serious cases. I will personally handle cases and trials, as I firmly believe some cases must and should be tried, instead of resolving them by plea agreement.”

A deputy prosecutor for the LaPorte County Prosecutor’s Office from 1995 to September 2017, Lake left LaPorte County to accept a position as an Indiana Deputy Attorney General in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. In that role he handles cases involving drug diversion. “I am currently working on drug cases in counties across the State of Indiana, and collaborate with many federal, state and local agencies to investigate and prosecute these crimes. Unfortunately I have witnessed firsthand the effects of the opioid drug crisis that also affects LaPorte County as well, but my experience with dealing with all of these agencies will allow me to bring that expertise back to LaPorte County to help curb the issues there.  

“During my 22.5-year career with the LaPorte County Prosecutor’s Office, I am the only prosecutor who has successfully prosecuted jury and bench trials in all of the courts in LaPorte County. I spent 22 years handling major felony cases, with 17 years dealing exclusively with the crimes committed in the Department of Correction. I have prosecuted cases involving death row inmates, and since 2014, I have successfully convicted five murderers, one of those cases dating back to 1983. I also handled all post-conviction relief matters for 20 years in all of the LaPorte County courts, which provides me with the expertise to deal with any complex legal issues that arise in the course of any prosecution. In my entire career as a prosecutor, I have never had a case reversed on appeal.  

“During my eight-year tenure as president of the LaPorte County Bar Association, I developed a working relationship with members of the bar and judiciary that I will bring to the Prosecutor’s Office.”

A lifelong county resident, Lake grew up in Michigan City and graduated from Marquette High School as salutatorian in 1984.  He attended the University of Notre Dame, graduating with honors in 1988, and earned his law degree in 1991 from the University of Notre Dame Law School. After graduating from law school, he began practicing in LaPorte with Newby, Lewis, Kaminski & Jones and served as a public defender from 1992 to 1995. In 1995, he joined the prosecutor’s office and formed the law firm of Lake & Lake in Michigan City with his wife, Mary. Mary Lake was a member of the LaPorte County Prosecutor’s Office from 2012-2014.

Lake has been active in the local bar as past president of the LaPorte County Bar Association, past president of the Michigan City Bar Association and secretary-treasurer of the LaPorte City Bar Association. He has also been active in community activities and was one of the founding judges of the Michigan City Teen Court Program that is held in LaPorte Superior Court 2. He served as past president of the Michigan City Community Scholarship Foundation and as a past board member of the Michigan City Rotary Scholarship Foundation. He has volunteered for years as a baseball, basketball and football coach in various LaPorte County sports leagues.

The Lakes have been happily married since 1991. They have seven children and reside in LaPorte County. They are members of St. John Kanty Catholic Church in Rolling Prairie, where John is a member of the Knights of Columbus and a lector.  

To share your input or ask a question, email the campaign at or text/call 219-874-4140. Also coming soon are a Facebook page and Twitter @VoteLake2018. Media and event inquiries may be directed to Mary Lake, campaign chairman, at

3 Responses to “Democrat John Lake declares candidacy for LaPorte County prosecutor”

  1. Ed

    Dec 27. 2017

    We need some new and fresh ideas to our court system. Sounds like he has the qualifications and experience to take us into the future. We need a new prospector with a new approach to our problems in the community. Not to just arrest you and throw away the key…. If you unfortunately get picked up and are put in LP County jail they forget you are a human being and should be treated that way. It is inhumane how they are treated. And yes they are criminals but should not be treated like animals.
    We need a change in the prospectors office. Good luck…

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  2. Annette Bodo

    Dec 28. 2017

    Best of luck Mr. Lake! Great family man good solid Catholic! More than qualified, he would be such an asset

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  3. ttam Flower

    May 07. 2018

    Stop taking up all the parking spots at the Post Office, The campaign people are really rude and like to cuss.

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