FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENovember 6, 2018
Angela Conley Wins Historic Victory in Hennepin County Commissioner Race
MINNEAPOLIS—Angela Conley was declared the winner in the race for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 4. She won 57% of the vote to the incumbent Peter McLaughlin’s 43%.
With her victory Conley, 41, becomes the first Black woman to serve on the commission in its 166-year history. While new to elected office, Conley has two decades of experience working for state and county government. With her personal experience as someone who has received county assistance and her professional experience within the county, Angela has unique insights into its operations and how they can be improved.
On Tuesday night, at a celebration held at a local distillery in south Minneapolis, Conley thanked her supporters and noted the historic significance of her win. “For every person who told me to wait my turn, there were 50 more people behind me saying ‘go for it.’”
Conley previously made history at the DFL convention in February, where she gained 57% of delegates, just shy of the 60% required for endorsement. She also stated she was proud of her campaign’s level of engagement with the community: “Because of our campaign, more people in the 4th District understand the importance of county government. Thousands of people voted for change.”
“We broke barriers and set an expectation that to be truly representative, government should look like the governed. Young women of color watched this race and were inspired to get involved and find their own path to leadership.”
Conley received a wide range of endorsements for her candidacy, including Ilhan Omar, who tonight was elected to the US House of Representatives for the Fifth District, and Peggy Flanagan, Minnesota’s lieutenant governor elect. She also earned endorsements from OutFront Minnesota Action, Our Revolution (national, Minnesota, and Twin Cities), and Women Winning.###
For more information:Jayne Discenza, Deputy Communications Directorinfo@voteconley.com