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Continued: 6 candidates seeking to advance in Hennepin County commissioner race

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 26, 2014 - 8:19 AM

The board tends to be lower key than many offices — its members, who earn about $100,000 a year and serve full time, often serve long term without the scrutiny and criticism endured by city councils and the Legislature.

Dorfman, who left to run St. Stephen’s Human Services, took office after a special election in 1999.

Commissioner Randy Johnson has been on the board since 1979 despite criticism about his frequent out-of-state travel. Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, who joined the board in 1991, has repeatedly voted for multimillion-dollar contracts without disclosing the ties to the law firm where his wife works. Board Chairman Mike Opat, elected in 1992, long ago abandoned his term-limit pledge. And Commissioner Jeff Johnson has been on the board since 2009 and is now running for governor as a Republican.

Rochelle Olson • 612-673-1747


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