Winkler to run for Hennepin County district attorney, step down from legislature – Twin Cities

Minnesota House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler on Tuesday launched an offer for the Hennepin County attorney position and said he would not pursue his re-election to his state House seat .

Winkler, a Democrat from Golden Valley, said in a press release that he is suing the office in hopes of improving police accountability and reducing violent crime in the region. During his tenure in the state legislature, Winkler lobbied for the legalization of recreational marijuana and the removal of petty marijuana offenses. He also supported efforts to rewrite the state’s law enforcement laws.

Undated 2019-20 legislative session courtesy photo of Representative Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley. (Courtesy Minnesota House of Representatives)

“The people of Hennepin County are frustrated that their leaders have not met the basic public safety needs of our communities,” said Winkler. “I am running for County Lawyer because we need progressive leadership that will bring people together around a common vision for public safety and racial justice.”

Hennepin County District Attorney Mike Freeman announced last month that he would not seek re-election in 2022. And former Hennepin County public defender Mary Moriarty last week launched an offer for the county attorney position.

Voters will vote on who should take the seat in November 2022.

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