Fruehauf runs for DA
Superior Telegram Mark A. Fruehauf announced his Democratic candidacy for Douglas County district attorney Thursday in Superior. It's the first time in 25 years the district attorney's race has been contested in Douglas County. District Attorney ...
Mark A. Fruehauf announced his Democratic candidacy for Douglas County district attorney Thursday in Superior.
It’s the first time in 25 years the district attorney’s race has been contested in Douglas County. District Attorney Dan Blank last ran in a contested race when he was first elected in 1991.
Fruehauf is a former assistant district attorney for Douglas County, and now practices law as an attorney with the firm of Maki, Ledin, Bick & Olson S.C. where his focus has been on criminal law, general civil practice and serving as a guardian ad litem, representing the best interests of children involved in child protection and family law cases.
During Fruehauf’s time with the District Attorney’s Office, he handled all levels of cases and developed strong relationships with the courts, attorneys and local law enforcement. As evidence of these relationships, Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec introduced Fruehauf for the announcement of his candidacy.
"I have gotten to know Mark while he was working as an ADA," Dalbec said. He is a very astute, driven and passionate lawyer, and he routinely worked very closely with all investigators and deputies/officers in preparation for court hearings. He will be an excellent district attorney for Douglas County. One that will be firm, but fair, and one who will put the crime victims and community safety and well-being first."
Fruehauf believes that a new era in criminal justice is due in Douglas County, and he wants to be the leader of this change, according to a news release issued by his campaign. He said he’s ready to hold criminals accountable for their actions, protect the citizens of Douglas County and ensure justice is served on behalf of all crime victims in this great county.
Fruehauf said he is keenly aware of the challenges in balancing the interests of justice and fairness, and is prepared to meet those challenges head on. His goal is to lead a District Attorney’s Office that is open and responsive to all facets of the community while striving for fair and equitable justice for all.
Fruehauf graduated cum laude from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minn. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in political science and history. During his final year of law school, Fruehauf worked for the St. Louis and Chisago counties’ attorney offices, prosecuting criminal cases in Minnesota. Following his admission to the bar, Mark clerked for Judge Joseph Evans in Becker County, Minn., until returning home and working as an assistant district attorney for Douglas County from 2010 to 2012.
Fruehauf was born and raised in Superior where he lives with his wife, Julie. He is a member of the American Mock Trial Association National board of directors, having been elected as a candidate director in 2014. Fruehauf volunteer coaches mock trial for Superior High School and for the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and has been involved with mock trial as a competitor and a coach since 1999.
Fruehauf is a member of the Superior Jaycees and serves on the advisory committee for Mentor Superior.