The Star Tribune Endorses Choi

October 19, 2010 | Star Tribune

The Star Tribune endorses John Choi for his visionary ideas about crime prevention and strengthening the Ramsey County Attorney's office.

Choi has demonstrated collaborative leadership and innovative approaches to law enforcement. In recent years, we have praised his contributions twice on these pages -- first for a driver's license diversion program and then for his involvement in "The Blueprint,'' a fresh approach to handling domestic-violence cases.

His priorities include tougher prosecution of gun crimes, combating domestic and gang violence, a focus on chronic and career criminals, and preventing elder abuse. Last year Choi was recognized by his colleagues as the top city attorney in North America for his innovative record.

As city attorney, Choi effectively managed St. Paul's 70-employee, $8 million public law and prosecution office -- skills that would easily transfer to the county attorney's office.

Ramsey County Attorney Candidates Forum

October 7, 2010 | The League of Women Voters of Saint Paul

Watch the entire Ramsey County Attorney Candidates Forum.

Former Ramsey County Attorney Tom Foley Endorses John Choi

Foley was Ramsey County Attorney for 16 years, Says Choi is the 'Most Qualified' Candidate

October 7, 2010

John Choi’s campaign for Ramsey County Attorney continued to build momentum today as he announced the endorsement of former Ramsey County Attorney Tom Foley.

"John Choi is the most qualified candidate in this race,” said Foley. “As a former Ramsey County Attorney, I know that John has the experience to do the job well from the very first day."

Foley, who currently practices law for the law firm of PACE/Minnesota LLC, served as Ramsey County Attorney for 16 years, from 1979 to 1995. He joins a long list of law enforcement and public safety officials who are supporting Choi.

“John has deep support in the legal community because people are impressed with his record,” said Mike Galvin, a former President of the Ramsey County Bar Association and the Minnesota Bar Association.

“John did a great job when he was Saint Paul’s City Attorney and he’ll do a great job as Ramsey County Attorney.”

Galvin is just one of 15 former Presidents of the Ramsey County Bar Association supporting John Choi.

Choi has the track record to make reforms to Ramsey County Attorney Office

October 3, 2010 | Twin Cities Daily Planet

 The former St. Paul City Attorney is racking up the endorsements in his bid to replace outgoing Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner -- former Ramsey County Attorney Tom Foley last month got added to a list that includes the mayors of eight Ramsey County cities, five of the seven current Ramsey County board members, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, the DFL Party, the St. Paul Police Federation and a laundry list of union, legal and elected officials.

Choi, whose family immigrated to the United States from South Korea when he was three years old, emphasizes his four years as City Attorney under St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, and the results he said he's achieved during that time.

"I believe I've transformed a public law agency, increased morale and achieved better result for the public, as told by third-party observers," he said.

Two More Ramsey County Mayors Back Choi for County Attorney

Endorsements Bring Total to Eight Ramsey County Mayors Supporting Choi

John Choi's campaign continues to build momentum as he announced today the endorsement of two Ramsey County Mayors: Roseville Mayor Craig Klausing and Falcon Heights Mayor Peter Lindstrom. Choi now has the support of eight of Ramsey County's Mayors; every single Mayor in Ramsey County who has endorsed a candidate for Ramsey County Attorney has endorsed John Choi.

"It's no surprise that John has such broad support from Ramsey County Mayors," said Klausing, who has been Mayor of Roseville since 2004. "He is exceptionally well qualified to be County Attorney. John understands how to manage prosecutors and he has a proven record of developing innovative solutions to problems like domestic abuse and gang violence. We need his leadership in Ramsey County."

Choi advances in Ramsey County attorney race

August 10, 2010 | StarTribune

A former St. Paul city attorney and a civil trial attorney moved ahead Wednesday to the general election for Ramsey County Attorney. John Choi, who stepped down from his city post in April, led the three-person field with about half of the votes. He will face David Schultz, a former prosecutor in the state attorney general's office.

"We had three good candidates, and I'm truly humbled by the results," Choi said.

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Choi leads money hunt in Ramsey County Attorney contest.

August 6, 2010 | Politics in Minnesota

John Choi has raised nearly $150,000 since beginning his campaign for Ramsey County Attorney — or slightly more than his two primary opponents combined. Among the notables who have provided maximum $500 donations to the former St. Paul City Attorney’s campaign: former attorney general Mike Hatch and Hubbard Broadcasting CEO Stanley Hubbard.

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John Choi - The Right Leadership Experience to be Ramsey County Attorney

July 26, 2010 | MN Progressive Project

Published letter from Cory Tennison, Political Director for Volunteers for Choi

Fellow Activists:

I have been an Assistant County Attorney for over 8 years, prosecuting crimes affecting the most vulnerable in our society. I can say from firsthand experience
that it takes a special kind of person to successfully run a large office of
prosecutors. Former Saint Paul City Attorney and candidate for Ramsey County
Attorney John Choi is a leader who has those types of management skills.

You do not have to take my word for it. I am happy to share that some of the
most prominent chief prosecutors in Minnesota have now endorsed John. This
distinguished group includes Vice President (and former MN Attorney General)
Walter Mondale, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, Former US District
Court Chief Judge (and former MN Attorney General) Miles Lord, Former MN
Attorney General Mike Hatch and Former MN Attorney General Warren Spannaus.

Three strong candidates vie for two slots in the Ramsey County attorney primary

August 4, 2010 | MinnPost

For the first time since 1994, Susan Gaertner won't be on the ballot for
county attorney when Ramsey County voters go to the polls next week
for the primary election.

Now voters — at least those who show up for the early primary Aug. 10
— will narrow the candidates down to two for the Nov. 2 general election.

Running are John Choi, former St. Paul city attorney; Tammy Pust, a
Roseville City Council member with lengthy legal experience; and David
Schultz, a former assistant Minnesota attorney general now with a law

In addition to the [DFL] party nod, [Choi is endorsed by] labor unions, including the public employee union that includes city and county prosecutors, the St. Paul Police Federation and Firefighters Local 21.  He also has the extensive backing of elected officials in the county, including U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, all seven St. Paul City Council members, five of the seven Ramsey County commissioners, members of the county's state legislative contingent, as well as city leaders from the suburbs.

Ramsey County attorney candidates tout their lists of bipartisan supporters

July 26, 2010 | Pioneer Press

John Choi & Walter Mondale

Former Vice President Walter Mondale endorsed Choi as the next Ramsey County Attorney. Other Choi supporters include both GOP and DFL leaders, showcasing the bipartisan nature of his candidacy. GOP leaders include former U.S. attorney for Minnesota Thomas Heffelfinger and former chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota Chris Georgacas.

Choi won the DFL party endorsement in April.

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GOP and DFL Officials Endorse Choi

July 22, 2010 | MinnPost

John Choi receives bipartisan support in Ramsey County Attorney race. Showing up at an event in Arden Hills were former U.S. Attorneys David Lillehaug (a DFLer) and Tom Heffelfinger (a Republican).

Also there to endorse Choi were former state Republican Party Chair Chris Georgacas, former state DFL Chair Rick Stafford, Anoka County Attorney Bob Johnson, former Arden Hills Mayor Bev Aplikowski and current Arden Hills Mayor Stan Harpstead.

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Choi fundraising at the top

February 2, 2010 | Pioneer Press

John Choi has come out at the top of the fundraising heap so far in the race for Ramsey County attorney.  Choi raised $76,193 in 2009, according to a finance report filed Monday.

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Choi wins DFL endorsement

April 17, 2010 | Pioneer Press

CD4 Ramsey County DFL Convention

Choi wins the Democrat-Farmer-Labor endorsement for Ramsey County Attorney on the first ballot. After winning the endorsement, Choi told the crowd he was "really humbled."

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DFL Veterans Caucus endorses John Choi

John Choi gets DFL Veterans Caucus support in Ramsey County Attorney's race.

"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."

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Choi resigns as City Attorney to focus on County Attorney race

Good public leaders consistently do what is best for others and the public.  Today, John chose to step aside and focus his full attention on getting elected County Attorney, and to allow for new leadership in the City Attorney’

Choi and St. Paul's new blueprint for tackling domestic abuse

St. Paul has a new blueprint for tackling domestic abuse. The first-of-its kind plan will get better information and coordinate efforts. 

"We're working smarter, and more effectively," said St. Paul City Attorney John Choi. "I really believe that the work that we're doing is homicide prevention." 

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John Choi Participates In January DFL Forum


John Choi - Candidate for Ramsey County AttorneyThree of the four candidates for Ramsey County attorney responded to questions from a St. Paul audience Tuesday night about why they should be elected the county's top prosecutor in November.

The forum, held at the United Auto Workers Union Hall in Highland Park and sponsored by the Senate District 64 DFL and Congressional District 4 DFL, was open to those seeking the party's endorsement. The seat itself is nonpartisan.

Here's a capsule of each of their statements:

Gov. Wendell Anderson & AFSCME Council 5 Endorse John Choi

AFSCME Council 5 Endorses John Choi for Ramsey County AttorneySt. Paul City Attorney John Choi added to his endorsement list in his campaign for Ramsey County attorney this weekend with word that AFSCME Council 5 is on board.

That's the union that includes assistant Ramsey County attorneys; another challenger in the race, Dave Pinto, is an assistant Ramsey County attorney.

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John Discusses Gang Prevention Efforts

On Comcast's "Newsmakers" program, John Choi discusses his innovative use of the public nuisance injunctions to prevent violent gang activity at neighborhood festivals.

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