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.

Choi also has the support of four county attorneys from around the state,
three city attorneys, three former U.S. attorneys, St. Paul's current police
chief and his two predecessors, as well as former Vice President Walter

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