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State Rep. Cedrick Frazier won’t run for Hennepin county attorney

By: - September 21, 2021 11:57 am

Rep. Cedrick Frazier, DFL-New Hope, has opted not to run for Hennepin County attorney.

After expressing interest in the position, a New Hope lawmaker says he will not to run for Hennepin County attorney next year. 

Rep. Cedrick Frazier, DFL-New Hope, said in a statement that while he appreciates “all of those who reached out,” he has decided now’s not the right time to run. 

“I believe that we need elected leaders committed to public safety and criminal justice reform at the federal, state, county and city level,” he said, adding that Hennepin County voters will have a solid field of DFL candidates for the top prosecution job. 

“We will be stronger if we unite as progressives as soon as possible so that we can build a diverse coalition that can win countywide,” he said. “I remain committed to public safety and justice and will continue working to advance those important goals in the state Legislature.”

Current Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said recently that he does not plan to seek reelection next year after holding the job since 2007 and from 1991 to 1999.

Minnesota House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, is considering running and praised Frazier. 

“From police accountability to frontline workers pay, Representative Frazier has been a tireless advocate for justice at the Legislature,” Winkler said in a statement. “Minnesota is better off for his leadership, and I look forward to seeing what he will accomplish next.”

Former Chief Hennepin County Public Defender Mary Moriarty will make an announcement soon. Last year the Minnesota Board of Public Defense voted not to extend Moriarty’s contract after a contentious debate. The board later settled out of court with her for $300,000.

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Deena Winter
Deena Winter

Deena Winter has covered local and state government in four states over the past three decades, with stints at the Bismarck Tribune in North Dakota, as a correspondent for the Denver Post, city hall reporter in Lincoln, Nebraska, and regional editor for Southwest News in the western Minneapolis suburbs. Before joining the staff of the Reformer in 2021 she was a contributor to the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She and her husband have a daughter, son, and very grand child. In her spare time, she likes to play tennis, jog, garden and attempt to check out all the best restaurants in the metro area.