In true and fitting nonpartisan fashion, Assistant Ramsey County Attorney Clayton Robinson, Jr. kicked off his ‘Robinson for County Attorney’ campaign in a well-attended event at the Sheraton Woodbury on September 12. Robinson is a Washington County resident with 30 years of legal experience including private practice, St. Paul City Attorney, Assistant Minnesota Attorney General, Adjunct Professor at Hamline Law School and, currently, Assistant Director of Prosecutions in the Ramsey County Attorney’s office.
The County Attorney serves on a nonpartisan basis with fairness and justice being the key ingredients for success. Robinson has worked closely with Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner (a Democrat currently running for Governor) as well as then-Mayor Norm Coleman (a Republican), proving himself to be a person who gets the job done – without the politics. One of the more telling facts that speaks to Robinson’s integrity is that the current (and three-term) Washington County Attorney Doug Johnson heartily endorses him. Johnson is retiring at the end of this term. At the September 12 campaign meeting, Johnson said he’d worried about potential successors until he did some research. When asking his colleagues who they thought might be a good fit for Washington County Attorney, Robinson’s name came up repeatedly – and enthusiastically. After meeting with Robinson and doing some homework, Johnson concluded that Clayton Robinson, Jr. is the only person running for Washington County Attorney who truly understands the responsibility of the Office.
“The next Washington County Attorney must be a proven leader who can make difficult decisions that are just and fair. Clayton Robinson has these qualities and would make a great county attorney,” [Doug] Johnson, current Washington County Attorney, said. “These are just a few of the many great qualities that have caused me to give my enthusiastic support to Clayton Robinson. I believe that he will serve the residents of Washington County very well.” (InsightNews.com, July 16, 2009)
Robinson comes by his belief in justice and desire to serve the public honestly. His father was a detective with the Chicago Police Department who was shot in the line of duty when Robinson was just a teenager. After graduating from Loyola University, Robinson earned his law degree from Drake Law School. His legal career includes numerous collaborations, professional associations and appointments, including a Minnesota Supreme Court appointment to its Racial Bias Task Force and Advisory Commission on the Rules of Criminal Procedure. And in 1987, he received national attention for his successful prosecution of Lois Jurgens who was convicted of killing her adopted son in White Bear Lake, MN. The trial was the focus of the book, A Death in White Bear Lake by Barry Siegel, which was nominated for an Edgar Award and made into a television movie.
Washington County includes the following cities and townships: Afton, Bayport, Bayport Township, Birchwood, Cottage Grove, Dellwood, Denmark Township, Forest Lake, Grant, Grey Cloud Island Township, Hastings (partially), Hugo, Lake Elmo, Lake St. Croix Beach, Lakeland, Lakeland Shores, Landfall, Mahtomedi, Marine on the St. Croix, May Township, Newport, Oak Park Heights, Oakdale, Pine Springs, St. Mary’s Point, St. Paul Park, Scandia, Stillwater, Stillwater Township, West Lakeland Township, White Bear Lake (partially), Willernie and Woodbury.