Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley
DFL House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler will run for Hennepin County Attorney, announcing Tuesday he would not seek reelection to the House.
Winkler, who represents the Golden Valley area in the Minnesota House, joins former Hennepin County Chief Public Defender Mary Moriarty in vying to succeed County Attorney Mike Freeman. Winkler said he would finish serving his current term in the House.
In a statement, Winkler said he would focus on bringing progressive leadership to the office, including prosecuting police officers who abuse their power.
“People in Hennepin County are frustrated that their leaders have not delivered basic public safety needs for our communities,” he said. “I’m running for County Attorney because we need progressive leadership that will bring people together around a common vision for addressing public safety and racial justice.”
He added: “Police officers who abuse their power damage the legitimacy of law enforcement and make all of us less safe. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office should not sit on the sidelines while people are demanding that our leaders address the racial injustices in local police departments.”
Winkler’s decision to run for county attorney will touch off a leadership shuffle in the House. He has served seven non-consecutive terms in the House, leaving Minnesota briefly to live abroad.
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