John Choi, who resigned last week as St. Paul city attorney to focus on his campaign to be elected Ramsey County attorney, has been endorsed by the DFL Veterans Caucus.
Choi said he’s aware that many veterans have returned home with physical and emotional inuries, and too many have faced imprisonment, homelessness and chronic addiction. He said he’ll address the problem by breaking down stigmas associated with mental illness and training county staff to recognize the signs and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“All suspected mental health issues, including PTSD, should be brought to the attention of the courts and not solely left up to the defense,” said Choi. “Mental illness diagnoses should not absolve an individual of guilt, but mitigating factors should potentially be taken into consideration to ensure those with mental illness get the treatment they need.”
Choi has also been endorsed by the St. Paul Police Federation, Firefighters Local 21, St. Paul Regional Labor Federation (AFL-CIO), St. Paul Building Trades, Teamsters Local 120, Teamsters Joint Council 32, Laborers Local 132, the Pipe Trades, Stonewall DFL, Minnesota Nurses Association, and AFSCME, including the attorneys in the County Attorney’s Office.