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Minnesota State Rep. Frazier won't run for Hennepin County attorney

Minneapolis Star Tribune logo Minneapolis Star Tribune 9/21/2021 Chao Xiong, Star Tribune
a man in a suit and tie sitting in a box: State Rep. Cedrick Frazier, DFL-New Hope, on the House floor in June. © Anthony SoufflĂ©, Star Tribune State Rep. Cedrick Frazier, DFL-New Hope, on the House floor in June.

Minnesota House Rep. Cedrick Frazier, DFL-New Hope, announced Tuesday that he won't run for Hennepin County attorney.

When Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced three weeks ago that he wouldn't seek re-election, Frazier's name was among many that was floated as a potential replacement. Online speculation about Frazier's possible candidacy continued as several local leaders announced their interest in the post.

Frazier put those rumors to rest Tuesday in a written statement saying he wouldn't run.

"I believe that we need elected leaders committed to public safety and criminal justice reform at the federal, state, county, and city level," Frazier said. "I am very appreciative of all of those who have reached out, but after much consideration, I have come to the conclusion that 2022 is not the right time for me to seek the office of Hennepin County Attorney."

Frazier said he is "committed to public safety and justice and will continue working to advance those important goals in the state legislature."

Four people have said they are considering a run for the office: Former Chief Hennepin County Public Defender Mary Moriarty, Assistant Ramsey County Attorney Saraswati Singh, Richfield City Council Member Simon Trautmann and Minnesota House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler.

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