Linda Higgins: Irene is Smart, Pragmatic, and Will Drive Results

As the Hennepin County Commissioner representing District 2, I am excited to support Irene Fernando to be my successor on the county board. Irene’s life experiences have prepared her to be a strong county commissioner. She has held influential roles in organizations of all sizes, which equips her to advance the important work of Hennepin County.

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Akhilesh Menawat
Bobby Joe Champion Endorses Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2

September 14th, 2018 HENNEPIN COUNTY – Today, Bobby Joe Champion, Minnesota Senator in District 59, announced his endorsement of Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2.

The Senator was quoted, “I am excited to support Irene Fernando, the DFL endorsed candidate for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2. It has been wonderful seeing how she engages in community and I know she is committed to working with all layers of government to improve people's lives. It is this dedication, combined with her success as a leader and visionary, that makes Irene uniquely suited to make a difference on the County level.”

Irene responded to the Senator Champion’s endorsement, “I’ve said it before, but earning an elected official’s endorsement is always truly appreciated. I am looking forward to working with leaders like Bobby Joe to improve the lives of people who live in Hennepin County at the county level, especially the voices furtherest from the decision making table.”

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Lauren Buckley
North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters Endorses Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner - District 2

Irene responded to the AFSCME’s endorsement with the following statement, “I am incredibly honored to have earned the support of the AFSCME. For years they have championed the rights of workers and their families, and I am ready and excited to further this effort at the county level.”

Irene Fernando, a Harrison neighborhood resident and University of Minnesota graduate, is a candidate for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2. The co-founder of a youth leadership non-profit headquartered in Minneapolis, Irene is also a Bush Foundation Fellow and has taught social entrepreneurship at St. Mary’s University. Currently, she works at Thrivent leading around organizational design, culture, and talent. Irene continues to contribute to the community through multiple board and volunteer roles as well.

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Lauren Buckley
Steve Fletcher Endorses Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner - District 2

August 24, 2018 - HENNEPIN COUNTY – Today Steve Fletcher, Minneapolis City Council Member in Ward 3, announced his endorsement of Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2.

City Councilman Fletcher said, “it is obvious to everyone who meets Irene Fernando that she cares deeply about Hennepin County and its residents. She shares their energy, values their stories, and now, as a candidate for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2, is joining their fight to make this community a progressive and welcoming place for all people. Like myself, Irene is dedicated to improving housing, transit, and equity in Hennepin County and I am proud to endorse her in this effort.”

Irene Fernando responded, shortly after learning about the endorsement, "I am looking forward to working with elected officials like Steve to ensure county services work for the betterment of everyone. I truly appreciate the support ."

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Lauren Buckley
AFSCME Council 5 Endorses Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner - District 2

August 1, 2018 HENNEPIN COUNTY — Today, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees announced their endorsement of Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2.

AFSCME Council 5 is proud to endorse Irene Fernando as our candidate for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2. As an advocate for fairness in government, Irene sharesAFSCME’s values. She fights for equal opportunity and shares our belief that all working families deserve to be respected and represented fully by their government officials. Irene’s emphasis on public health and human services shows her commitment to county residents. Her emphasis on diversity makes her a voice for all.

Irene responded to the AFSCME’s endorsement with the following statement, “I am incredibly honored to have earned the support of the AFSCME. For years they have championed the rights of workers and their families, and I am ready and excited to further this effort at the county level.”

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Lauren Buckley
Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council Endorses Irene Fernando For Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2

July 30, 2018 HENNEPIN COUNTY — Today, Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council announced their endorsement of Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2.

For 60 years, Minnesota Building Trades has been advocating for the rights of workers and the development of construction trade unions while supporting those elected officials who help us in this effort. It is for this reason that we are proud to endorse Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2. Irene Fernando is an individual who prioritizes infrastructure growth and economic development without overlooking the importance of effective environmental policy and community engagement. She speaks for the everyday residents of Hennepin County and her voice will surely prove a positive addition to the Hennepin County Board.  

Upon learning about the endorsement, Fernando commented, “receiving the support of Building Trades is an honor. This organization represents the voices of so many who deserve a seat at the decision-making table. I look forward to partnering with them to make sure they are represented in government."

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Lauren Buckley
Linda Higgins Endorses Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner - District 2

July 24, 2018 HENNEPIN COUNTY — Today, Linda Higgins, Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2 announced her endorsement of Irene Fernando to replace her as the Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2.

"I'm voting for Irene Fernando! Irene's life experiences prepare her to be a strong County Commissioner. She has held influential roles in organizations of all sizes, which equips her to advance the important work of Hennepin County. Irene is smart and pragmatic and will drive results. She will bring energy, perspective, and expertise to the board. I hope you will join me in voting for Irene."

Irene, after speaking with Linda, responded, "thank you, commissioner Higgins for your decades of service to our communities. I am beyond humbled to receive your endorsement. I look forward to advancing the priorities that will improve the lives of Hennepin County residents. My success is possible because of the work you've done and I will work hard to continue that progress."

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Lauren Buckley
Mike Freiberg Endorses Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner - District 2

July 19, 2018 HENNEPIN COUNTY — Today, Mike Freiberg, Minnesota Representative in District 45B announced his endorsement of Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2.

"I am happy to endorse Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2. County government represents an imperative middle ground between city and state. Irene is someone who will ensure that this vital position continues to be productive and responsive to the needs of all residents."

Irene, upon learning of this endorsement, responded, “I am excited and honored to have received Mike Freiberg’s endorsement. He understands the value of responsive and responsible government, and I look forward to working with him to continue to improve the lives of all Hennepin County residents.”

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Lauren Buckley
Fue Lee Endorses Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner - District 2

July 12, 2018 HENNEPIN COUNTY — Today, Fue Lee, Minnesota Representative in District 59A announced his endorsement of Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2.

 “It is with great excitement that I endorse Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2. She will advocate for viewpoints that often go unheard on the County level, and I look forward to working with her to strengthen the Northside. Irene’s insight and care will undoubtedly build a more inclusive and progressive Hennepin County.”

 When Fernando heard about the endorsement she said, “Fue Lee and I share a common goal; to lift up the disenfranchised and marginalized voices. This is especially true in the politics, where those voices are absent from conversations that directly affect their way of life. I look forward to working with him to find solutions that create change in this regard.”

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Lauren Buckley
Women Winning Endorses Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner - District 2

July 10, 2018 HENNEPIN COUNTY — Today, Women Winning announced their endorsement of Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2.

 Jillia Pessenda, the Political Director at Women Winning gave the following statement, “at Women winning, we know that electing women isn’t just good for women, it’s good for everyone. Irene Fernando is a leader who builds people up and works to ensure that the community is at the center of conversations and decisions, and we are proud to endorse her for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2. Her experience building coalitions and consensus will be a valuable asset on the County Board.”

After receiving the endorsement, Irene responded with the following statement, “receiving the Women Winning endorsement is an incredible honor. This organization created pathways for women in politics when there was none, so I look forward to partnering with them to make sure all women see themselves represented in government."

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Lauren Buckley
Shep Harris Endorses Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner - District 2

Today, Shep Harris, incumbent Mayor of Golden Valley, announced his endorsement of Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2.

When asked about Fernando’s candidacy, the mayor commented, “I am proud to endorse Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2. Irene’s vast experience engaging and organizing at the grassroots level makes her uniquely a powerful advocate for local issues at all levels of government. I also strongly share her dedication to improving growth and equity throughout Golden Valley and Hennepin County and I look forward to working with her to ensure the continued success of Hennepin County and all its residents.”

 

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Lauren Buckley
Sandy Vargas Endorses Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner - District 2

Today, Sandy Vargas, former Hennepin County Administrator, announced her endorsement of Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2.

“Irene Fernando will be a welcome new voice to the Hennepin County Board! Her experience in both non-profit and corporate sectors prepares her well for a county that is large, complex, and diverse”, Vargas said. “She is thoughtful, strategic, and highly skilled and will bring a fresh new perspective to this important policy role. One that affects the lives of over a million people. I am personally excited about her candidacy as Hennepin County Commissioner and the possibility of representing me on the County Board.”

 


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Lauren Buckley
Raymond Dehn Endorses Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner - District 2

Today, Raymond Dehn, State Representative, 59B announced his endorsement of Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2.

“I’m excited to endorse Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2,” Dehn stated. “Through her organizing approach, rooted in empathy and access, Irene is building a powerful coalition to govern with. She is bringing new voices and energy into our party—we need leaders like Irene for a truly equitable future.”

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Akhilesh Menawat
Stonewall DFL Endorses Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner - District 2

Today, Stonewall DFL Community Caucus, announced their endorsement of Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2.

Caucus Chair Erica Mauter was quoted with the following, “Irene Fernando brings impressive leadership experience. She thinks about the county as both a policy-maker and an employer and demonstrated a keen understanding of how different constituents apply different frames to issues.”

When Irene was informed of the endorsement she said, “I’m excited to be endorsed by the Stonewall DFL Caucus. I’m impressed with Stonewall DFL’s strong community engagement approach statewide because it educates people on LGBTQ+ issues and activates communities to influence local government. I look forward to working closely with Stonewall DFL to fight for the rights of Hennepin County residents at every level.”

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Lauren Buckley
Scott Dibble Endorses Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner - District 2

Today, State Senator Scott Dibble, District 61, announced his endorsement of Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2.

When asked to comment Dibble said, “I’m delighted to endorse Irene Fernando to be Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2. She and I share the same values when it comes to advocating for inclusion, equity, transparency, and accountability in government.” Dibble went on to say, “Irene is uniquely positioned, based on her broad range of experiences across sectors, to bring solutions to the Hennepin County Board that center on both people and results.”

Upon learning of the endorsement Irene said, “I’m proud earn Scott Dibble’s endorsement. Senator Dibble has been an unfaltering advocate for LGBTQ communities and I look forward to working with him, fighting for human rights.”

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Larry Fonnest Endorses Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner - District 2

Today, Golden Valley City Council  Member, Larry Fonnest announced his endorsement of Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2.

Fonnest was quoted, “I’m excited to endorse Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2. She has spent her whole life inspiring and engaging young people to action. Her community-focused leadership style is refreshing and much needed in the present and future of DFL politics.”

Irene, upon learning of the endorsement stated, “having the support of someone like Larry who understands the importance of engaging unheard and dismissed voices in the process is essential to progress. I look forward to working with him to build systems designed to uplift these voices.”

 

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Mary Kunesh-Podein Endorses Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner - District 2

Today, Minnesota Representative Mary Kunesh Podein, District 41B, announced her endorsement of Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2.

“I am proud to endorse Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2”, Kunesh-Podein said. “Irene has an amazing energy which she easily spreads to those around her. I’m excited about the future Irene envisions where kids grow up wanting to be a County Commissioner.

Irene, after receiving the news of the endorsement, said, “this endorsement is meaningful because Mary cares about transparency in the process. She champions equity and I look forward to working with her to inspire change by investing in future generations of leadership.”

Kunesh-Podein shared that sentiment in her statement,  “I share her vision to make the County government more visible and accessible, and I look forward to working with Irene to increase equity and improve the lives of Minnesota residents.”

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Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation Endorses Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner

Today, The Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, announced their endorsement of Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2.

The Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation is the umbrella organization of Minneapolis area local unions and includes 175 affiliated unions. Affiliated with the AFL-CIO, the Minneapolis RLF's mission is to organize in the community for social and economic justice for all working people.

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Akhilesh Menawat
Alondra Cano Endorses Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner - District 2

Today, Minneapolis City Council Member Ward 9, Alondra Cano, announced her endorsement of Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2.

“I am proud to endorse Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2”, Cano said. “Irene is an experienced and energetic leader who brings forward a much needed vision to serve the community by focusing on racial equity and creating a more accessible government.’ Cano went on to say, “Irene will work to increase transparency in decision-making and strengthen the County’s ability to connect to our every-day residents and immigrant families. I am excited to partner with Irene to make a big difference in the lives of the people of our city.”

 

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