High-powered endorsements continue to roll in for the candidates in the Ramsey County attorney’s race.
Long-time incumbent Susan Gaertner isn’t seeking election, and two highly respected lawyers — John Choi and David Schultz — are competing in the race.
Choi has the DFL endorsement, even though it’s a nonpartisan race, and has previously racked up endorsements from tons of local elected officials, ranging from former Vice President Walter Mondale and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman to six members of the St. Paul School Board.
Many of Schultz’s endorsements have tended to come from the legal community — including former assistant attorneys general and and lawyers — but today he announced the backing of former U.S. Sen. Dave Durenberger and former state legislator Matt Entenza, who had sought the DFL nod in the governor’s race.
“Through his work for the family of Father John Kaiser, who was murdered in Kenya, I have come to know David as a hardworking and talented lawyer who is sincerely committed to justice in our community. He will be a fair-minded, nonpartisan and hardworking County Attorney who will always place the interests of Ramsey County and all of its residents first.”
“David has had a lengthy and substantial legal career, during which he obtained the expertise and leadership skills the County Attorney’s office needs. David and I worked together at the Attorney General’s office and I know David to be a strategic and tactical thinker. While at the AG’s office, David served as the head of the training department where he taught young lawyers, including me, the art of being a trial lawyer. David is, in fact, one of the finest trial lawyers I have ever seen.
“Throughout his 25-year career, as an Assistant Attorney General as well as in his private practice, David has proven that he is committed to bettering our community through promoting equality and justice. David will keep us safe, while continuing to always do the right thing. I am impressed by David’s work as the Chair of the Board of the Innocence Project of Minnesota and I consider that just one example of his tireless commitment to justice.”