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Wright County Attorney

Tom Kelly has filed for the Wright County attorney position.

Tom Kelly

Why are you running for county attorney?

I have been with the Wright County Attorney’s Office, representing the citizens of Wright County, for 26 years, the past 12 as your elected county attorney.

We live in a great country with plenty of freedoms, but with those freedoms come responsibilities.

I think it’s an admirable job to represent the citizens of Wright County and to prosecute crime on their behalf.

I desire, and would consider it an honor, to continue serving as your county attorney.

What do you think are two major issues at this time, and what do you propose to do about them?

Issues that impact our quality of life include crime, domestic abuse, drugs, DWIs, underage drinking/parties, traffic/driving complaints, Children In Need Of Protective Services (CHIPS), truancy, and bullying.

I will continue to stress the team approach to prosecution, which requires a working relationship between my office, law enforcement, and other agencies.

My office will continue to have a Victim/Witness Assistance Program. I will continue to be a member of Methamphetamine Education and Drug Awareness (MEADA) Coalition of Wright County, and we will continue to educate about drugs, underage drinking/parties, DWI, procuring alcohol for minors, prescription medicine abuse, and making good choices.

My office participates with the sheriff’s department and Safe Communities of Wright County to administer Drive Wright and Teen Drive Wright, which are traffic diversion programs.

My office participated with court services, law enforcement, other agencies, and Safe Communities to launch a Sober Cab program.

I attend Safe School committees throughout the county, dealing with issues that affect the education of our children.

I will continue to speak to high schools throughout the county about life, our great country, our criminal justice system, sexting, drinking/driving, underage drinking/parties, and what it takes to be a good citizen.

My office will continue to participate with the Stop Truancy Program.

Why should you be elected?

As stated, I have been with the county attorney’s office for 26 years, the past 12 as your elected county attorney. Between 1990 and 1998, I was chief of the criminal division.

I have experienced prosecuting crime, trial work, grand jury presentations, civil duties, administering, setting policy, supervising, delegating, hiring, working flow charts, instructing law enforcement, and the budgeting process.

In the past, I received a Minnesota award recognizing outstanding professional service to crime victims.

I have a great support staff, secretarial staff, and assistant county attorneys, who work hard at representing the citizens of Wright County.

I am grateful for the continued support and endorsements from the Wright County Sheriff, and Buffalo, Annandale, and Howard Lake police chiefs.

I believe I possess the common sense, dedication, and experience to continue leading the Wright County Attorney’s Office, and I ask for your continued support.

Any questions, thoughts, or comments, don’t hesitate to contact me at (763) 682-7348.

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