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John Choi raises $76,000 in Ramsey County attorney’s race

St. Paul City Attorney John Choi, who wants to become the Ramsey County attorney, reports today that he raised more than $76,000 for his campaign in 2009.

The money came from 750 individuals and organizations, and 680 of the contributions are from individuals who gave $100 or less.

Choi and three others are seeking the county attorney’s job now held by Susan Gaertner, who is running for governor.

Other candidates in the race are Dave Pinto, an assistant Ramsey County attorney; David Schultz, a private attorney; and Roseville City Council Member Tammy Pust.

In addition to raising a  large amount of money for a county election — in the year before the 2006 election, incumbent Gaertner raised $18,000 and challenger Cory Tennison (who is now Choi’s campaign manager) raised $12,000 — Choi has also chalked up a large number of endorsements.

His campaign reports he has support of “over 50 current and former elected officials in Ramsey County, elected county attorneys, past bar association presidents, Saint Paul Police Federation, Firefighters Local 21, Teamsters Local 120, Laborers Local 132, AFSCME Minnesota Council 5, Minnesota Pipe Trades Association, Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation (AFL-CIO), Teamsters Joint Council 32 DRIVE and Minnesota Nurses Association.”

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