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Washington County Attorney Pete Orput announces re-election bid

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput joined with three of his metro area colleagues to announce his bid for reelection.

All four took office in 2011 and have forged partnerships and coalitions to address public safety and criminal justice issues.

Orput, Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi and Carver County Attorney Mark Metz collaborate regularly on numerous public safety iniatives.

Each has established a veteran's court, taken steps to combat the sex trafficking of children and taken a stand against elder abuse. With the announcement made Sunday, each will be seeking a second term in office.

“I am extremely proud of the programs we have successfully undertaken since taking office in 2011,” Orput said. “We have established an aggressive program fighting truancy in an effort to keep our kids in schools so they don’t end up in our criminal justice system. We have streamlined and revamped the manner in which we handle our criminal cases so that the victims of crime receive their justice in a more timely manner."

Orput added that his agency along with the other metro counties have cooperated on complex crimes and human trafficking in addition to creating a cooperative interagency unit that focuses on elder abuse.

“In all, I look forward to building on these initatives and more as I continue to dedicate my prosecution career to the citicens of Washington County.”

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.