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Wabasha County Attorney

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    Karen "Karrie" Kelly
    (NP)

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    Matthew Stinson
    (NP)

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)

Campaign Email karskelly120@gmail.com
Campaign Mailing Address 67778 County Road 76
Wabasha, MN 55981
1. Continue to streamline case management by using technology to work more efficiently with limited resources. The number of staff members in my office has not increased in over 15 years, yet our workload has greatly increased. 2. Work to expand treatment court to address chemical dependency in our community. By doing this, we can help people who commit crimes due to their addiction obtain valid driver's licenses, stable housing, and jobs, 3. Maintain positive relationships with stakeholders, including law enforcement, the judiciary, probation, the defense bar, and the community. These are the connections that must work together to reduce recidivism and promote a safer community.
I have been a prosecutor for over 32 years. My early years were spent in a larger office where I had great mentors. Within a short period of time, I was prosecuting major crimes including murder, sexual assault and kidnapping. While in that job, I tried over 40 cases to a jury. Over the years since I joined the Wabasha County Attorney's Office, I have come to enjoy the smaller community and closer connection and interaction with law enforcement, probation, the defense bar, and the judiciary.
I have been very fortunate to have a stable staff. It is difficult to attract qualified applicants and, once hired, to have the means to keep them. We are a small county with a limited tax base and while this is a fantastic place to live and raise a family, we don't have the resources to offer the salaries available in larger counties. To that end, I try to make the work environment flexible. I also encourage my staff to balance work and personal interests to prevent burn-out.
Our county has relatively few people of color. Most of the people of color are not in the U.S. legally. This has lead them to be preyed upon by those who use their fear of being deported as a means to take advantage of them. Everyone in my office is sensitive to the issues. We have policies in place designed to treat everyone respectfully and in the same manner regardless of color.
I consider everyone in my office as being on equal footing. Ideas and suggestions are freely exchanged. My office door is always open. We share the same goals (reducing recidivism), philosophy (that everyone deserves respect), and work habits (we try to find the answers to questions or, at the least, direct the person to the right office to get an answer).
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