Hennepin County Commissioner Races 2012

Find out all the details about candidates seeking a place on the County Board.

Because of redistricting, are on the ballot this year.

Races with more than two candidates will have a primary Tuesday, Aug. 14. The top two candidates will then advance to the Nov. 6 general election.

Below is a list of this year’s candidates. Click on the candidates’ names to read find out more about them. Candidates whose names aren’t linked did not respond to request for comments. (Patch did not profile 1st District candidates because there are no Patch sites in the district.)

Major cities are listed below each district. For a detailed look at districts, view the PDF to the right of this article.


1st District

Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, New Hope, Osseo and Robbinsdale

  • Mike Opat
  • Chris Rains
  • Joy Marsh Stephens

2nd District (special election)

Golden Valley, Medicine Lake, part of Plymouth and St. Anthony

  • Steve Dehler
  • Rolf Erickson
  • Roger Smithrud

3rd District

St. Louis Park and part of Minneapolis

  • No election

4th District

Fort Snelling and Part of Minneapolis

  • No election

5th District

Bloomington, Eden Prairie and Richfield

6th District

Deephaven, Edina, Excelsior, Greenwood, Hopkins, Long Lake, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, Orono, Shorewood, Spring Park, Tonka Bay, Wayzata and Woodland

7th District

Maple Grove, part of Plymouth

  • Jeff Johnson


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