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Choi, Schultz play to their strengths with endorsements and position papers in Ramsey County attorney race

While most of the political ads and headlines and rhetoric swirl around the races for governor and Congress, the two candidates for Ramsey County attorney, David Schultz and John Choi, are working below the media’s radar to win the open seat.

Susan Gaertner, the current county attorney, isn’t seeking re-election (and hasn’t endorsed either candidate).

This week, Choi added another endorsement to his long list of supporters: former Ramsey County Attorney Tom Foley. Choi also has a long line of Ramsey County Bar Association presidents in his corner.

Meanwhile, Schultz issued a white paper on gang violence, declaring that he’d continue the current practice of prosecuting gang leaders for any crime they commit and work to diminish gun violence.

Their announcements this week highlight the strengths of the two candidates:

Choi, who has the DFL endorsement (in a nonpartisan race) has the support of many politicians and law enforcement officials who testify to his strength as a manager while he was St. Paul city attorney.

Schultz is focusing on his reputation as a top trial lawyer, handling complicated cases and litigation in the courtroom.

Choi got just under 50 percent of the vote in the three-way August primary. Schultz had about 29 percent of the vote to move on to the general election. Roseville City Council Member Tammy Pust had 21 percent; she has since endorsed Schultz in the race.

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