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Dorfman Quitting Hennepin County Board Early; Special Election Coming

Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman will step down by March, triggering a special election for her District 3 seat.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman's District 3 seat will be opening up sooner than expected, likely triggering a special election for St. Louis Park and Southwest Minneapolis voters.

Dorfman will step down in February after 14 years as county commissioner to take the executive director job at St. Stephen’s Human Services, a nonprofit providing assistance to the poor and homeless, according to the Star Tribune.

Dorfman, a DFLer who served as St. Louis Park's mayor before becoming a county commissioner, had already announced that she wouldn't be running for reelection in November. A number of candidates have expressed interest in her seat.

As a county commissioner, Dorfman worked on homelessness issues, spearheading the Heading Home Minnesota program, a "10-year plan to end homelessness by 2016."
Richard Quill January 13, 2014 at 01:31 PM
Dorfman....wasn't she one of the new pledges in Animal House???
Daniel January 13, 2014 at 04:53 PM
Moving on to another scam. Too many of these non-profits cost more to run than private businesses and reap higher incomes for their directors. The majority of these are not charities. They are just business scams hiding in the tax code. Dorfman should fit right in.
Mike B. January 13, 2014 at 07:07 PM
Dorfman claimed she wanted to end homelessness. Then she should acknowledge that the liberal, left-wing policies of her own Democrat/ DFL Party are reason #1 why hunger, homelessness, and overall economic malaise are increasing in this country!
Gretchen Peterson January 13, 2014 at 07:27 PM
Daniel, as a social worker and well acquainted with St. Stephen's, I absolutely resent your sarcasm and facetiousness. St. Stephen's does AMAZING work - work that nobody else deems "worthy." Do I think Gail is the right person to be their ED? Not really. But does that change the fact that they do absolutely phenomenal, necessary work for our community? NO - she's been out of human services and working for the government for too long. To your question of are they are charity, doing work to the letter of the 501(c)3 code? YES. I don't think you have the first clue re: what it means to work for a non-profit, particularly one serving the cast-offs of our money-focused society. Please. Take it elsewhere. Thank you.
Mike B. January 13, 2014 at 08:32 PM
Daniel is correct. He made a correct general statement about many non-profits, and it's not just small non-profits. The United Way and the Red Cross had to "clean up their act" after the disclosures of the obscene salaries some of their directors were paid. Many of these charities of course have a vested self-interest in their perpetuation. For example, the American Cancer Society does not really want to cure cancer, as a cure would put them out of business. There are many good organizations with many good people. But they are all composed of fallible human beings.
Daniel January 13, 2014 at 10:32 PM
Please Gretchen. Educate me. How much does a Director at this organization make? Too many of these "non-profits" are just tax dodges that are paying high salaries for executives that are hiding behind the 501c3. The problem with the "homeless" in MN and around the country is in most cases the issue of the person using drugs or alcohol and not really wanting to change their situation. I am not speaking of invalids and elderly. We all know the people of whom I am speaking; so, please don't fire back that I want to punish the truly needy. Most of our homeless are just bums.
Daniel January 13, 2014 at 10:55 PM
Ok. I looked up some of the info from 2012. St Stephens brought in nearly $11,000,000 in donations and paid nearly $3,200,000 in salaries. Either they have a whole lot of employees or some people are getting some big salaries.
Nancy E Gertner January 15, 2014 at 03:09 PM
Many of our homeless are children. Does that make them bums? Children have not completed school, and many are not old enough to work at most jobs, even part-time.
Daniel January 15, 2014 at 08:37 PM
This is why people will never get off the welfare system. I am in favor of helping the truly needy. Most of these homeless are not and many of the ones with children show chronic poor judgment that keeps them "homeless." My initial point is that Dorfman should be well suited to a place where she will be over paid while she can pat herself on the back acting as though it is pure altruism.

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