Patricia Torres Ray Endorses Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner - District 2


FEBRUARY 3, 2018

Lauren Buckley

FEBRUARY 3, 2018 HENNEPIN COUNTY — Today, State Senator Patricia Torres Ray, District 63, announced her endorsement of Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2.

“I very quickly recognized the incredible energy Irene Fernando brings to the table, and I am enthusiastically endorsing her to be the next Hennepin County Commissioner in District 2. In order to create a government that truly works for all of us, we need representation at every level to reflect the makeup of the cities, counties, and states we serve.”

Senator Torres Ray added, “I am energized this incredibly accomplished woman of color is choosing to enter the political arena. We need a voice that understands when we don’t explicitly focus on equity, economic and racial disparities increase. Irene will fight for all Hennepin County residents.”

Upon receiving the news, Fernando commented “I am humbled by Patricia’s endorsement. Senator Torres Ray’s steadfast energy to improve the everyday lives of our most vulnerable communities through government is something I strive to achieve.”  

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 within a newer division at Thrivent Financial leading around organizational design, culture and talent. Irene continues to contribute to the community through multiple board and volunteer roles as well.


Akhilesh Menawat