Howard Lake Herald, July 20, 1998

Lostetter running for Wright County attorney

By Carol Lostetter

This is my formal announcement of my candidacy for the office of Wright County Attorney.

As a local attorney with 15 years of experience practicing law, I have the legal expertise and skills to represent and serve the citizens of Wright County.

As a resident of Wright County for the past nine years practicing in Delano and Buffalo, I have familiarity and knowledge of our community and its needs.

As a parent of three teenagers, I have first-hand knowledge of issues facing families, the struggles our children are facing growing up in this society, and the excitement of seeing the future generation "take off" into adulthood.

My husband is employed at the University of Minnesota Department of Animal Science. I have a strong awareness of the agricultural issues facing the rural residents of Wright County.

One of my strengths as an attorney is my strong belief in our judicial system. I believe that overall, this system works. However, it is dependent upon the honesty, dedication and determination of those to whom we entrust the major roles in that system: judges, prosecutors, public defenders, juries, private defense attorneys and police officers.

The county attorney is integral to this judicial system. As a prosecutor, the county attorney's duty is to pursue justice on behalf of the county's citizens. In non-criminal matters as well, a sense of justice must guide the county attorney ­ protecting children, ensuring mental health treatment for those who may be endangering themselves or others, pursuing enforcement of court-ordered child support and advising the county on a wide variety of legal issues.

I have a wide base of legal experience. My law practice included family law, mental health, juvenile public defense, child support, real estate, probate and criminal law. I have been court appointed to be a guardian ad litem, visitation expediter, and attorney in a wide variety of cases.

Many people think of the county attorney's office only as prosecutors of criminal cases. In fact, some of the most important issues facing Wright County in the next four years involve non-criminal issues.

These include zoning and land use planning, juvenile and child protection, and all of the challenges of metropolitan expansion into Wright County. The largest percentage increase in Wright County Court filings over the past five years was not in criminal cases, but for termination of parental rights. Truancy filings were second.

The next county attorney must have experience and knowledge of all of these legal issues. I have that experience and knowledge. I am a very practical, bottom-line person. I am known for getting matters resolved where possible, but willing to fight when necessary.

Currently, I am an attorney with a private practice in Buffalo. My husband Mark and I have been married for nearly 19 years. We have three children: Jeremy, Elizabeth and Nicholas. I am a graduate of the University of Minnesota (1978 bachelor of arts in social welfare), and William Mitchell College of Law (juris doctorate 1983).

I am a trained mediator. I am currently the vice-president of the 18th District Bar Association; a member of the District Ethics Committee, a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, and chair of the Buffalo Community Theater Board of Directors.

I plan to provide information and ideas in this campaign, giving the residents of Wright County a real alternative when voting for county attorney this fall. I would appreciate your support in my campaign for Wright County Attorney.

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