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Fruehauf: Offering new perspective

My name is Mark Fruehauf, and I want to become the next district attorney for Douglas County.

I was born and raised in Superior, in East End, and graduated from Superior High School. The Fruehauf family has deep roots in this community. My grandfather was Dr. Richard Fruehauf, a well-known and respected physician. My grandmother, Evelyn Fruehauf, was the sister of Jack Lynch and grew up in Gordon. My parents have lived in Superior all my life and helped instill in me the importance of civic service. I am running for office out of a sense of duty, desiring to serve the community that made me who I am today.

I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006 and received my law degree from Hamline University School of Law in 2009. After a one-year judicial clerkship in Detroit Lakes, Minn., I returned home to Douglas County in 2010 when I was offered the job of assistant district attorney. Along the way, I met my wife, Julie, and married her in 2013. We live in Billings Park and plan to raise our family in the only place I have ever considered home.

I served as a prosecutor from 2010 to 2012. In that time, I was entrusted by the district attorney to handle a full felony and misdemeanor caseload, with cases ranging from speeding tickets to sexual assaults and homicides. I tried the most jury trials of any prosecutor in that office during my time there. I built positive, respectful relationships with the major players of the criminal justice system, including the courts, law enforcement, social services, probation and parole, and my colleagues in the DA’s office.

For the first time in 25 years, voters have the chance to consider bringing a fresh perspective and new ideas to the office. I have seen how the office operates from the inside as a prosecutor and the outside as a private practice attorney. I have seen criminal cases from the viewpoints of judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys. This well-rounded perspective, coupled with the ideas I have for the office, makes me the best candidate. My plans for the office will promote firm, but fair, sentences for offenders, ensure cases are reviewed without delay and efficiently moved through the court system, and ensure crime victims are treated with dignity and respect.

I am supported by many people involved with the local criminal justice system who have observed how the current district attorney and I handle criminal prosecution. I am endorsed by the Douglas County sheriff, the Douglas County Deputy Sheriff’s Professional Union and the Superior Police Department Professional Union. I am also endorsed by longtime victim/witness coordinators, Kathryn Senn and Mary Russom, who worked in the District Attorney’s Office for more than 25 years. I am honored to have my ideas and my approach to criminal prosecution validated by these professionals as the smartest and most effective methods for the future of the office.

If elected, I will approach this job with dedication and drive. In any case I bring to court, I will always be the most prepared attorney in the courtroom. I will never lose sight of the primary goals of the office, to ensure that justice is served and the community is protected.

I would be honored to have your vote in the Aug. 9 primary.