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Washington County Attorney to seek re-election

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Cottage Grove Minnesota 7584 80th Street South 55016

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput will seek a second term as the county’s top prosecutor.

Orput last week joined with three of his metro area colleagues to announce his bid for re-election. All four took office in 2011 and have worked together on public safety and criminal justice issues.

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

Each county has established a veterans court, taken steps to combat the sex tra?cking of children and taken a stand against elder abuse. All four announced their re-election bids Feb. 5.

“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 efort 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 initiatives and more as I continue to dedicate my prosecution career to the citizens of Washington County.”

Orput was first elected in 2010. He succeeded former Washington County Attorney Doug Johnson, who retired.

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