Current Washington County Attorney running unopposed for re-election

Pete Orput, the current Washington County Attorney, is the only candidate running for the position. He is currently finishing up his second, four-year term.

The Review asked Orput via email why he is running, what skills and experiences he will bring to office, what he believes the top challenges will be in the county in upcoming years and what projects he will focus on if re-elected.


Orput, 63, lives in Stillwater with his wife Tami. He holds a J.D. degree from William Mitchell College of Law, and he said he is running for re-election because he has more goals to accomplish.

The Washington County Attorney position is full-time, and Orput said he does not work another job.

Orput said that if he is re-elected, he will bring to office skills and experiences gained in over 30 years as a trial prosecutor, on the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission, as a board member of the Minnesota County Attorneys’ Association and as vice-president of the National District Attorneys’ Association.

When asked about Washington County’s top challenges, Orput listed “senior fraud, organized crime groups, juvenile sex trafficking, opioid crisis and methamphetamine crisis,” all of which he plans to focus on if re-elected.


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-Aundrea Kinney can be reached at 651-748-7822 or

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