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    John Lindemann

Información Biográfica

If elected, what will your top three priorities be and why? (750 characters)

How has your career prepared you for this role? (500 characters)

What do you see as the biggest challenges to your office, and how would you address them? (500 characters)

How would you work for racial equity in the justice system? (500 characters)

How would you manage conflict within your office, and earn the public’s trust? (500 characters)

Reinforce trust and respect between the Todd County Attorney’s Office and all Todd County citizens through our County Commissioners. I appreciate the positive feedback and support that I have received from all five Todd County Commissioners in recent months.

Reinforce trust and respect between the Todd County Attorney’s Office and area law enforcement. The men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve us. To be effective prosecutors, we need to always have open, honest communication with law enforcement.

Reinforce trust and respect between the Todd County Attorney’s Office and other Todd County agencies. I need to have strong communication with County department heads to be most efficient.
In the 18 years since graduating from the University of St. Thomas School of Law, I have worked as a solo attorney, a Judicial Law Clerk, an Associate Attorney at Brown & Krueger (now Quinlivan & Hughes) in Long Prairie, and for the last seven + years as an Assistant Todd County Attorney. I have dealt with very serious crimes, terminations of parental rights, and cases in many other areas of the law. I have made many friends in Todd County since "marrying into Swanville" over 12 years ago.
We have had a dramatic increase in the number of cases involving criminal defendants who are mentally ill, chemically dependent, or both in recent years. Working with Todd County Health & Human Services, Todd-Wadena Community Corrections, and area law enforcement, we are developing a diversion program (for Todd County residents only) to offer treatment in lieu of jail when possible. This will allow us to focus on incarcerating real “bad guys” -- not struggling addicts and the mentally ill.
Justice should be colorblind. We, along with law enforcement, must be aware of implicit bias and stay vigilant to fight it. This is especially important since people from all over the world are settling in Todd County now. One concrete thing that we can do is carefully monitor arrest/citation data to ensure that no groups are being disproportionately targeted and stopped in Todd County. The Todd County Attorney’s Office will have zero tolerance for racial profiling on my watch -mark my word.
I have a team of awesome attorneys and legal assistants. We have no conflicts. My job is simply to help them to be as effective and efficient as possible.

I will earn the public’s trust by being visible, consistent, and honest. I meant what I said in my first response when I repeatedly noted the importance of reinforcing trust and respect. The people of Todd County pay my salary; I don’t take that for granted. I will make myself available as much as possible to Todd County residents.