Why am I running for County Commissioner?

As the oldest son of poor Hmong refugees, I was a recipient of many county services growing up. I’ve spent my career helping people navigate the system as an attorney, advocate, and elected official. After my four years on the Minneapolis City Council, I understand the possibilities and limitations of government. And I believe that government needs to work for everyone. That’s why I’m running for Hennepin County Commissioner. With my background and experience, I am uniquely positioned to provide a voice on the County Board that is representative of the diverse constituents served by Hennepin County. I would be honored to serve as your Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2. I ask for your vote.

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About Hennepin County & County Commissioner

Hennepin County

Hennepin County has seven commissioners elected from seven separate districts. Each commissioner represents a district of equal population: approximately 165,000 people per district.


The 2018 Hennepin County budget totals $2.4 billion. See Budget: https://www.hennepin.us/your-government/budget-finance/budgets .

Role of County Commissioner

The role of a county commissioner includes the following:

  • Set policy
  • Approve the budget
  • Constituent issues
  • Regional / intergovernmental relations

For more information on why the county is important, see the Hennepin County 101 presentation by Jan Callison, Hennepin County Commissioner, Chair: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UzsEFH6BYW0

District 2 Map

Map of Hennepin County District 2

Hennepin County District 2 stretches from St. Anthony in the east to Plymouth in the west and covers roughly a third of Minneapolis. It includes the following cities:

  • Golden Valley
  • Medicine Lake
  • North & Northeast Minneapolis (including the Bryn Mawr and North Loop neighborhoods)
  • Eastern Plymouth
  • St. Anthony

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