Milaca attorney announces candidacy for Mille Lacs County attorney

This is a filing statement provided by the candidate

Joe Walsh announced his candidacy for Mille Lacs County attorney, an elected, nonpartisan office. His decision to run is focused on strengthening honesty, integrity and trust in the county’s top legal post.

“During my conversations with thousands of county residents while running for the Minnesota House and in subsequent months, I have learned firsthand the importance of core values to the people of Mille Lacs County. Some of these people,

Joe Walsh
Joe Walsh

leaders and residents of the county, asked me to consider running for county attorney. I’d be honored to serve the people of Mille Lacs County as their next county attorney, and I’m especially grateful to Jim Lavoie for his encouragement to run and his expression of confidence in my leadership,” Walsh said.

Walsh also sees spending and experience in the county attorney’s office as key issues, citing that the county attorney’s budget has more than doubled in a decade according to county data – a decade when most government offices were scaling back costs.

“The county attorney’s primary job is to appear in court to represent the county. By electing a county attorney that is experienced in the private sector, has actually tried cases and is committed to a courtroom presence, I see an opportunity to significantly reduce consulting costs for a role that is expected of a county attorney,” Walsh said.

“The people of Mille Lacs County deserve a leader who makes honest decisions to keep the community safe, treats all residents fairly with integrity and is trustworthy, especially with our tax dollars. That’s my focus for the county attorney’s office.”

Walsh is endorsed by local resident and former Mille Lacs County Attorney James Lavoie, who served as county attorney from 1979-1985.

Walsh, an attorney at Curott & Associates, LLC in Milaca, has practiced law since 2005. He lives in Princeton with his wife and children, where they are members of Christ Our Light Catholic Church.

Walsh attended Macalester College in St. Paul before graduating from law school at the University of San Diego in 2005. He has served at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and two other law firms before beginning work in Milaca in 2008. Walsh returned to Minnesota in 2006 when he ran for Fillmore county attorney. He is a past president of the Milaca Chamber of Commerce and past chair of the Fillmore County Community Corrections Task Force.