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Marion Greene, Former DFL State Rep, Seeks Hennepin County Commissioner Seat

Marion Greene aims to replace Commissioner Gail Dorfman, who is not seeking reelection.

Former DFL state Rep. Marion Greene, announced Wednesday that she is running for the Hennepin County District 3 seat currently occupied by Commissioner Gail Dorfman.

District 3 covers St. Louis Park and parts of southwest Minneapolis. Dorfman announced in early November she will not seek re-election.

Greene, 43, has lived in District 3 for 15 years. Before being elected to the House, she worked as a health care policy analyst at St. Jude Medical, focusing on Medicare and payment systems.

“I’m running because I believe there’s place for compassionate, smart activism in County government,” she said in a statement. "I want the enormous financial and human capital of the County to be marshaled smartly and innovatively so that all families thrive. I believe we should be cross-disciplinary with our work in health care, early childhood, transit, and other areas, so that the sum of our decisions is even greater than their parts.

“While in the Legislature, I fought hard for equality and economic justice, early childhood education, and healthcare. With these issues central to the work of the County, I’m thrilled to have this new opportunity to help our entire community thrive, and to be a progressive voice at the county.”

Correction: A previous version of this article implied that Greene had worked as a middle school teacher. Her husband, Bart Cannon, is a middle school English teacher in the Osseo School District.
Mike B. December 13, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Yet once again, another DFL candidate for office with little, if any, real-world business experience. Most all DFLers have either an education or labor union background... i.e. no real business experience. Ms. Greene's experience unfortunately falls into this category. Particularly worrisome for all voters is her admitted attempt to promote a "progressive voice." Look at the sad state of affairs we've got from "progressive" (i.e. socialist) voices in Dayton and Obama.
Daniel December 13, 2013 at 05:55 PM
"I want the enormous financial and human capital of the County to be marshaled smartly and innovatively so that all families thrive." Translation: I want to redistribute the wealth away from those who work for it and give it to those who do not.
Marion Greene December 16, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Hello Mike B., I have 14 years of real business experience, at General Mills, Boston Scientific and St. Jude Medical. I'd welcome your support at caucuses on February 4. Thank you.
Mike B. December 16, 2013 at 08:30 PM
I am sorry, Ms. Greene. I only support Tea Party Republicans, the Constitution Party, and Libertarians. For example, Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster. All people should buy health insurance on the individual market, just like car insurance. Employer-paid health insurance should be eliminated. The 2% or 3% of the population that cannot obtain health insurance, due to unusual circumstances (pre-existing conditions, etc.), can be helped by a state-administered pool. But Obamacare wrecks it for everyone. Same thing with schools.... Public schooling should be eliminated. Parents should pay for the education of their own children. Kids would get a better education, and everyone's property taxes would go way down. Schools should be run as businesses. As it is now, the teachers' unions have destroyed education.

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