Claesson-Huseby to seek County Attorney's office
BEMIDJI -- Annie Claesson-Huseby announced her candidacy for Beltrami County Attorney on Wednesday, the same day longtime officeholder Tim Faver said he would not seek re-election.
Claesson-Huseby has been with county attorney's office for 10 years, and has been the chief assistant county attorney since 2006.
Claesson-Huseby, 37, said she knew eventually she would need to make a decision when Faver decided to retire.
"I decided to run because I have more to give to the citizens of Beltrami County," she said. Her background in civil and criminal work and her familiarity with the job "gives me a solid grounding for the people of Beltrami County."
Claesson-Huseby grew up in Virginia, Minn., and earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in public administration from the University of North Dakota, as well as her law degree from the UND School of Law.
Claesson-Huseby is president of the Beltrami County Bar Association and co-chair of the Beltrami County Child Protection Team.
"Annie is hardworking, dedicated, ethical . . . she will do a great job," said Faver, who is endorsing Claesson-Huseby as his successor.
Claesson-Huseby said she didn't know of any others who may be seeking the office. But she said she's preparing a full campaign.
"I know the job and I am up for the challenge," she said.