The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Deputies Association in their endorsement of Blong
Our Association feels your past experience serving on the Minneapolis City Council will serve the citizens of Hennepin County and particularly District 2 very well.
Supporters in Golden Valley
Dennis & Valerie Dahlman, Golden Valley
We are very confident Blong will be an outstanding Hennepin County Commissioner. We admire his commitment, compassion, inclusiveness and judgment as a political leader. His courage and integrity will serve us well. He listens and then acts. He will be an effective voice for positive change.
Paula Pentel, Golden Valley
Blong understands the possibilities of County Commissioner and through his life experiences, legal training, and listening, he will best represent the diverse residents of District 2.
DeDe and Tom Scanlon, Golden Valley
Without a doubt, Blong is the most qualified person for Hennepin County Commissioner District 2. As a refugee immigrating to America with his family, he overcame great adversity to become an attorney and the first Hmong-American elected to the Minneapolis City Council. We have known Blong for several years. We trust him to do the right thing. He will not be a candidate who makes promises that he does not keep. His experience, honesty and ability to look at issues from all sides will allow him to study any problems and concerns that affect the communities he represents. He is a listener and a problem solver who will work closely with the communities to find a solution to their concerns.
Andy Snope, Golden Valley
I support Blong because he has a grounded, thought-out, information gathering, common sense approach to decision making. He is easy to talk to and he listens. I feel like I have an advocate in government with Blong.
Joanie Clausen, Golden Valley City Council Member
Blong Yang is my choice for Hennepin County Commissioner. He has government experience. He is smart and understands the importance of working for everyone. He has a wonderful temperament for the job. I am proud to cast my vote on November 6th for this awesome candidate!
Supporters in Minneapolis
Kelley Hardeman, Minneapolis
Blong has my support. He’s the most capable and experienced candidate to bring more enhancements to District 2. He is respectful of this community and has defended the Northside through and through. He answers my calls and follows up on every situation.
Mohammad Gaba, Minneapolis
I support Blong because he cares deeply about diversity, inclusion, and equity. As a refugee who grew up here, Blong relates to my struggles and understands my priorities as a Somali American. He is open and available to all.
John & Pangthao Yang, Minneapolis
We have noticed a positive change in North Minneapolis during Blong’s time in office. We appreciate his hard work. For the first time, we had someone who could help us navigate the system.
Giuseppe Marrari & Mike LaFleur, Minneapolis
Blong’s personal journey from a refugee camp to where he is today has made him empathetic to the needs of the under-represented. He has tirelessly stood up for the little guy and for what’s right, even when others may have been swayed by popular opinion. He has also stood up to extreme cultural pressure in pushing for LGBTQ and women’s rights in the Hmong community. Best of all, Blong is humble about all of this. You’ll never see him boast about all his accomplishments. But we guarantee you, anyone who has personally worked with Blong on an issue won’t stop talking about how good he is as a public servant. We’re excited to see what Blong can do as County Commissioner. We know he will work hard to get things done, improve efficiency, and increase accessibility to County services for all residents.
Peter Hoag, Minneapolis
I believe Blong will fairly represent me even though we grew up with different cultural traditions.
Mark Lakosky, President, MFD L82
I had the privilege to work with Blong on a number of public safety issues concerning the Minneapolis Fire Department. I can say that I have never seen an elected official who was always aware and sensitive to the needs of his constituents and who worked daily to improve their lives and experiences in the City of Minneapolis. Hennepin County would be served well by electing Blong.
Sue Watson Stillman, Minneapolis (Bryn Mawr)
I met Blong and his wife Mai Neng through the PTA at our children’s school, Bryn Mawr Elementary. I am impressed by the depth of his personal and professional experience, his thoughtfulness, and his commitment to the community. He is not afraid to stand up for what he believes in, even when it is difficult. I strongly support Blong for Hennepin County Commissioner!
Meg Forney, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Commissioner-At-Large
While serving on the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership, I had an opportunity to work directly with Blong Yang, then City Council Member. I watched him listen and provide thoughtful insights that were grounded in his community’s needs and the perspective of unintended consequences that governance can bring. Blong takes tough votes and advocates for those without a voice in government. He understands the ramifications of poor policies and stands by unpopular, yet, more prudent votes.
Clarence Shallbetter, Minneapolis (Bryn Mawr)
Blong listens well to diverse ideas and opinions. An experienced public leader, he encourages dialogue especially on the county's biggest functions of health and human services. Ever friendly and smiling, he will be a great County Commissioner.
Joe Biernat, NE Minneapolis
Our County District has a special opportunity to elect a candidate who truly understands adversity. From a refugee camp in Thailand to graduating from UCLA and then U of M Law School, Blong Yang has worked hard, always helping others in need. He was elected to the Minneapolis City Council, chaired the City’s Public Safety Committee where he worked on police-community relations, and was a budget hawk – making sure tax payer dollars were used prudently. It is high time the Hennepin County Board has a member representing such rich diversity and unique qualifications.
Vivian Jenkins Nelson, N Minneapolis
Two things I know about Blong. One, he cares about community. Two, you can disagree with him civilly. That’s why I support Blong for Hennepin County Commissioner.
Lynda Shaheen, Minneapolis (Bryn Mawr)
I have volunteered side-by-side with Blong for many years at Bryn Mawr Elementary School. I have been impressed by his dedication to the community and his family’s commitment to Minneapolis’ Northside. He has years of valuable experience serving on the Minneapolis City Council and his own personal experiences as a child with the Health and Human Services system. I have seen him jump right in and work with all members of a community to work towards a better future. I strongly support Blong Yang for Hennepin County Commissioner!
Paul T. Ostrow, NE Minneapolis
Blong is smart and he is thoughtful. I frequently witnessed Blong asking the tough questions and taking the right stands at Minneapolis City Hall even when going along with everyone else would have been much easier. Now more than ever, we need elected officials who will stand up for principle and stand up for their constituents. Blong understands that it is not about him – it is about those he will serve. He has the empathy and understanding to make sure the poorest and most vulnerable among us will be served by a compassionate Hennepin County. He has the experience, commitment and integrity to be an outstanding voice of the people on the Hennepin County Board. Join me in voting for Blong Yang on November 6th.
Barbara Johnson, Minneapolis
I worked with Blong on the Minneapolis City Council for four years. I found him to be a thoughtful and honest person to work with, no pretenses. He saved hundreds of houses from demolition. He worked to make sure quality housing was built on vacant lots and residents were encouraged and helped to purchase their first homes. He chaired the Public Safety Committee. He was even-handed and thoughtful in his approach to policing in our community. He worked to get funding for body cameras for all police officers. I’ll be voting for Blong Yang for Hennepin County Commissioner because he has the best interest of the people in the district in mind. His thoughtful approach to government will give him great success on the county board.
Lisa Neal-Nelgado, N Minneapolis
I support Blong for Hennepin County Commissioner because of his commitment, his honesty, and his integrity. You can be nobody but if you have an issue and you come to him, he’s going to try to help you. If he can’t help you, he’s going to be honest and tell you why. His commitment is to his constituents. His commitment is to his community. Blong is a 24/7 public servant who will make the hard, right decisions over the easy, wrong decisions for our district.
James Everett, N Minneapolis
I’m supporting Blong Yang because I saw what he did as a [Minneapolis] council person. I saw the development that happened under his leadership. He has a passion for the community. He’s the best representative for this district. His representation is a breath of fresh air. He’s never had a problem reaching across the aisles. Any time you need him, you can find him at local events.
Mark Stenglein, NE Minneapolis
I served [as Hennepin County Commissioner for District 2] for 15 years. I’m supporting Blong because he’s been there. He’s been elected and it’s not easy. It’s hard. Blong knows what it’s like to represent someone. He knows what it’s like to say No to somebody. He has the courage to take the right vote. He is going to be an excellent choice, excellent servant for folks in the second district. I hope everybody will come with me to the polls and vote for Blong Yang.
Patty Wycoff and Morris Engel, Minneapolis (Bryn Mawr)
We are proud to support Blong Yang for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2. He understands the needs of his constituents and his experience on the Minneapolis City Council makes him the most qualified candidate.
Supporters in Plymouth
Marge Beard, Plymouth
Blong is right for District 2 and he is right for Plymouth! He has the hands-on experience to make strong policy decisions and to manage the 2nd largest budget in the state. Blong will be responsive to and represent the entire district.
Rolf & Jean Erickson, Plymouth
We support Blong for Hennepin County Commissioner District 2 because he is absolutely the best candidate. He is an honorable man and he will hear and represent ALL citizens of the district fairly and equally.
Mary & Terry Groetken, Plymouth
We are supporting Blong because we know him to be an intelligent, thoughtful person who thinks about all sides of the issues before he makes decisions. His decisions are made with common sense behind them — especially anything that has to do with taxpayer money. He truly respects all people and listens.
Larry Rosen, Plymouth
I never get involved in politics but I’ve known Blong for a number of years and he’s a good guy. That’s why I support him. He’s a good guy.
John and Sherry Swanson, Plymouth
Blong has my total support. He is the most capable, trustworthy, caring, and experienced candidate. He served Minneapolis and its residents well on the City Council. He will represent EVERYONE in District 2.
Supporters in St. Anthony
Marcella Jerome, St. Anthony
I support Blong because he supports people at every stage of life. I hope he can make changes in transportation for seniors, nutritious food with better access for seniors, and healthcare reform for seniors. So that the larger community knows seniors get the care the public thinks we are getting.