COMMUNITY SUPPORT

 
 
 "I’m a delegate for Irene Fernando because I believe she has the visionary leadership we need in a County Commissioner. She is dedicated to engaging everyone in local government and advancing equity for all our neighbors. We need diverse voices represented in our government leaders in the Western Suburbs to make sure everyone has a seat at the table. We are lucky to have that progressive voice in Irene."

"I’m a delegate for Irene Fernando because I believe she has the visionary leadership we need in a County Commissioner. She is dedicated to engaging everyone in local government and advancing equity for all our neighbors. We need diverse voices represented in our government leaders in the Western Suburbs to make sure everyone has a seat at the table. We are lucky to have that progressive voice in Irene."

Alex West Steinman, Plymouth

 "In my work as a business advisor and lawyer, I represent more than 800 business owners, the vast majority of whom are located in Hennepin County. Through this work, I have learned that starting a business is often the best way for individuals to change their lives, and that strong, progressive small businesses can change their communities. For too long, the leadership in Hennepin County has been solely concerned with addressing the needs of large companies, and therefore the County Commissioner's Office has not been a source of solutions for our clients. I believe electing Irene Fernando can change this. From the social entrepreneurship classes she teaches at St. Mary's University to her work with Global Shapers, Irene will bring a fresh perspective to the $2,400,000,000 budget of Hennepin County, and I believe she will adequately represent the needs and priorities of all of the County's businesses. For this and many other reasons, I'm all in for Irene Fernando and can't wait for her to represent me and many of my clients."

"In my work as a business advisor and lawyer, I represent more than 800 business owners, the vast majority of whom are located in Hennepin County. Through this work, I have learned that starting a business is often the best way for individuals to change their lives, and that strong, progressive small businesses can change their communities. For too long, the leadership in Hennepin County has been solely concerned with addressing the needs of large companies, and therefore the County Commissioner's Office has not been a source of solutions for our clients. I believe electing Irene Fernando can change this. From the social entrepreneurship classes she teaches at St. Mary's University to her work with Global Shapers, Irene will bring a fresh perspective to the $2,400,000,000 budget of Hennepin County, and I believe she will adequately represent the needs and priorities of all of the County's businesses. For this and many other reasons, I'm all in for Irene Fernando and can't wait for her to represent me and many of my clients."

DAVIS SENSEMAN, Northeast Minneapolis

 

 "She's strong, she's real, and compassionate! I am confident that Irene knows the underlying issues that are negatively impacting communities of color and she will also have the confidence speak out about them. That is going to be important when we are dealing with a board that has never had a person of color on it."

"She's strong, she's real, and compassionate! I am confident that Irene knows the underlying issues that are negatively impacting communities of color and she will also have the confidence speak out about them. That is going to be important when we are dealing with a board that has never had a person of color on it."

KRISTEL PORTER, North Minneapolis

 "I first met Irene the summer of 2007, just after Irene had graduated from the U of M and was launching a new youth leadership development organization she founded with 2 friends. Since that time I have been inspired watching how she has put her heart and talents into making our community better for all. Her keen intelligence, humor, and ability to connect allow her to bring people from diverse backgrounds together to accomplish the work of building community. The phrase that comes to my mind when I think of Irene’s leadership is “caring competence”. Irene cares deeply for people and has the skills to make things happen, and that is the kind of person I want on the Hennepin County Commission representing me."

"I first met Irene the summer of 2007, just after Irene had graduated from the U of M and was launching a new youth leadership development organization she founded with 2 friends. Since that time I have been inspired watching how she has put her heart and talents into making our community better for all. Her keen intelligence, humor, and ability to connect allow her to bring people from diverse backgrounds together to accomplish the work of building community. The phrase that comes to my mind when I think of Irene’s leadership is “caring competence”. Irene cares deeply for people and has the skills to make things happen, and that is the kind of person I want on the Hennepin County Commission representing me."

Brad brown, golden Valley

 

 "I served with Irene on the board of directors of a local non profit focused on closing the opportunity gap for disadvantaged youth. Irene had been on the board before I joined and I immediately noticed her entrepreneurial skills, financial acumen, and ability to cut through the noise and get to the heart of a problem and identify multiple solutions for consideration. And this was in her free time! I believe she will bring the same values and skills to benefit the residents of Hennepin County."

"I served with Irene on the board of directors of a local non profit focused on closing the opportunity gap for disadvantaged youth. Irene had been on the board before I joined and I immediately noticed her entrepreneurial skills, financial acumen, and ability to cut through the noise and get to the heart of a problem and identify multiple solutions for consideration. And this was in her free time! I believe she will bring the same values and skills to benefit the residents of Hennepin County."

THOMPSON ADERINKOMI, Northeast Minneapolis

 "Irene’s exuberance for the real meaning of community excites me. One of her top priorities is bringing transparency to County government, and uplifting people’s voices in decision-making. Irene will work to ensure the protections of the rights of the 8,000 Hennepin County employees. Additionally, diversity is desperately needed on the board. Women have only been serving on the board since the 1980s. It is time to add age, ethnic, and racial diversity to the mix."

"Irene’s exuberance for the real meaning of community excites me. One of her top priorities is bringing transparency to County government, and uplifting people’s voices in decision-making. Irene will work to ensure the protections of the rights of the 8,000 Hennepin County employees. Additionally, diversity is desperately needed on the board. Women have only been serving on the board since the 1980s. It is time to add age, ethnic, and racial diversity to the mix."

SHEILA A. SCOTT, North Minneapolis

 "I'm supporting Irene because she is someone who has a vision of what true equity at the County level looks like. Not only that, she has the integrity to stand by that vision and make it happen while in office. With a $2.4 billion budget, the county has a tremendous amount of opportunity to make a difference and Irene is exactly the bold, values-driven leader I want guiding County decisions and investments."

"I'm supporting Irene because she is someone who has a vision of what true equity at the County level looks like. Not only that, she has the integrity to stand by that vision and make it happen while in office. With a $2.4 billion budget, the county has a tremendous amount of opportunity to make a difference and Irene is exactly the bold, values-driven leader I want guiding County decisions and investments."

DANIELA VASAN, Bryn Mawr – Minneapolis

 

 "I am so thrilled to support Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner District 2. Irene is an energetic supporter of equity and diversity. Her dedication to issues like affordable housing will help move communities like St. Anthony Village into a brighter future for all."

"I am so thrilled to support Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner District 2. Irene is an energetic supporter of equity and diversity. Her dedication to issues like affordable housing will help move communities like St. Anthony Village into a brighter future for all."

PAUL VERRETTE, Saint Anthony

 

 "I am excited to endorse my coworker Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner. I believe the citizens of Hennepin County will benefit from her fresh ideas and community-focused leadership style.  She brings a thoughtful, collaborative approach and positive energy when addressing challenges, and always works to ensure her community's voice is heard."

"I am excited to endorse my coworker Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner. I believe the citizens of Hennepin County will benefit from her fresh ideas and community-focused leadership style.  She brings a thoughtful, collaborative approach and positive energy when addressing challenges, and always works to ensure her community's voice is heard."

KATHERINE BRANDT, Medicine Lake

 

 "Before I got the chance to formally meet Irene at a Global Shapers meeting, it was clear she had a tremendous amount of compassion for everyone in the room. She listened and engaged with those around her in a genuine way and I know she will bring that same energy to her constituents as Commissioner. After knowing her for a few years, she has grown to be someone near and dear to my heart. She's strong, driven, outspoken and exactly what I want in the person that will represent me and my community. I know I can count on her to bring everyone to the table, particularly people of color and I can not wait to call her my Commissioner!"

"Before I got the chance to formally meet Irene at a Global Shapers meeting, it was clear she had a tremendous amount of compassion for everyone in the room. She listened and engaged with those around her in a genuine way and I know she will bring that same energy to her constituents as Commissioner. After knowing her for a few years, she has grown to be someone near and dear to my heart. She's strong, driven, outspoken and exactly what I want in the person that will represent me and my community. I know I can count on her to bring everyone to the table, particularly people of color and I can not wait to call her my Commissioner!"

JOANE' MCAFEE, Golden Valley

 

 When I first met Irene at mutual friend’s house, I was recruiting her to be a part of something big. It’s North Minneapolis, so my work wasn’t hard. She jumped right in and was ready to support my efforts. Irene is a deeply passionate, energetic human being who just “gets it” and we need more of that in our community, for families to thrive and live their best lives. With Irene’s leadership and dedication, she will electrify her colleagues and I have no doubt that we can progress to higher levels of success and togetherness in our community.

When I first met Irene at mutual friend’s house, I was recruiting her to be a part of something big. It’s North Minneapolis, so my work wasn’t hard. She jumped right in and was ready to support my efforts. Irene is a deeply passionate, energetic human being who just “gets it” and we need more of that in our community, for families to thrive and live their best lives. With Irene’s leadership and dedication, she will electrify her colleagues and I have no doubt that we can progress to higher levels of success and togetherness in our community.

Nikki McComb, North Minneapolis

 "I support Irene because I find her to be a very authentic, always willing to listen and assist to give voice to those otherwise silenced. She has a tenacity for justice and equity. I believe she is a truth speaker and a woman of strong Fatih!"

"I support Irene because I find her to be a very authentic, always willing to listen and assist to give voice to those otherwise silenced. She has a tenacity for justice and equity. I believe she is a truth speaker and a woman of strong Fatih!"

Reverend Babette Chatman, North Minneapolis

 "As a community leader and as a constituent, I am excited by Irene's candidacy. Her career is full of creating vision and building movements, and now she will do this for all of Hennepin County. I Irene understands the need for Hennepin County to increase social and economic equality, and I believe she will be a strong advocate for community solutions around affordable housing and responsive governing. Her voice is powerful and I am looking forward to that voice being on the County Board."

"As a community leader and as a constituent, I am excited by Irene's candidacy. Her career is full of creating vision and building movements, and now she will do this for all of Hennepin County. I Irene understands the need for Hennepin County to increase social and economic equality, and I believe she will be a strong advocate for community solutions around affordable housing and responsive governing. Her voice is powerful and I am looking forward to that voice being on the County Board."

Neeraj Mehta, North Minneapolis

 "I am proud to endorse Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2. Irene was born to serve her community. As a community leader, Irene worked tirelessly to advance student learning in Minnesota, and as an organizer, she continues to push for equity and grassroots engagement. Irene Fernando understands Hennepin County, and I have no doubt that she will play a powerful role in its future."

"I am proud to endorse Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2. Irene was born to serve her community. As a community leader, Irene worked tirelessly to advance student learning in Minnesota, and as an organizer, she continues to push for equity and grassroots engagement. Irene Fernando understands Hennepin County, and I have no doubt that she will play a powerful role in its future."

Terri Thao, Community leader

 "Irene Fernando is the community leader we need. We elect people to serve us, and that's what she will do. Irene will engage and involve the community, to make sure all of our perspectives are considered in decision-making. Her background and life experiences will help her represent the diverse population of Hennepin County, and I know she will work hard to advocate for us on the County Commission." 

"Irene Fernando is the community leader we need. We elect people to serve us, and that's what she will do. Irene will engage and involve the community, to make sure all of our perspectives are considered in decision-making. Her background and life experiences will help her represent the diverse population of Hennepin County, and I know she will work hard to advocate for us on the County Commission." 

Stephanie Gasca, Former City Council Candidate -ward 4

 "Irene was 17 when I first met her, and right away I could tell there was something powerful in her presence and story. We first connected because she and her friends were using the concept of 'paying it forward' in the organization they were starting, and we have stayed in touch over the last 15 years. Irene is a unique leader who has the vision to dream, the heart to serve, and the drive to get the job done. Our country is at a pivotal crossroads right now, and it has filled me with great hope to see her running. Irene is the perfect model of the public servant we need, and I am proud to support her in this important endeavor."

"Irene was 17 when I first met her, and right away I could tell there was something powerful in her presence and story. We first connected because she and her friends were using the concept of 'paying it forward' in the organization they were starting, and we have stayed in touch over the last 15 years. Irene is a unique leader who has the vision to dream, the heart to serve, and the drive to get the job done. Our country is at a pivotal crossroads right now, and it has filled me with great hope to see her running. Irene is the perfect model of the public servant we need, and I am proud to support her in this important endeavor."

Catherine Ryan Hyde, Author of Novel Pay It Foward

 "My friend Irene Fernando is running for Hennepin County Commissioner District 2. I think the world of Irene but I am supporting her campaign because it's past time we prioritize equity at the County level. I know she has the guts to do just that, so join me and vote for Irene who will make sure the County works for ALL of us!"

"My friend Irene Fernando is running for Hennepin County Commissioner District 2. I think the world of Irene but I am supporting her campaign because it's past time we prioritize equity at the County level. I know she has the guts to do just that, so join me and vote for Irene who will make sure the County works for ALL of us!"

Me'Lea Connelly, Community leader

 "Irene Fernando was born to serve. I met Irene 11 years ago as she began the task of taking her non-profit, Students Today Leaders Forever, to the next level. It was obvious, even then, that Irene was something special. Her determination is unmatched; her energy is infectious; her leadership is powerful. As both a student and later a community leader, Irene never stopped working to better herself and those around her. We always say 'youth will be our future.' Irene was one of those youth who is now ready to lead us into a more inclusive future! I count myself lucky to know Irene, and I am thrilled to vote for her as our next County Commissioner. "

"Irene Fernando was born to serve. I met Irene 11 years ago as she began the task of taking her non-profit, Students Today Leaders Forever, to the next level. It was obvious, even then, that Irene was something special. Her determination is unmatched; her energy is infectious; her leadership is powerful. As both a student and later a community leader, Irene never stopped working to better herself and those around her. We always say 'youth will be our future.' Irene was one of those youth who is now ready to lead us into a more inclusive future! I count myself lucky to know Irene, and I am thrilled to vote for her as our next County Commissioner. "

Rose McGee, Community Supporter