One of those small silver linings to the hurricane of storm clouds that is the current presidential administration: a lot more Hennepin County residents realized in the last year what a flaming dick Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek is.
In 2016, he sent deputies out to North Dakota to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. He notifies ICE when foreign-born people get booked into the jail. He’s a Trump fan and lackey.
I’m not sure if it’s fair to blame him for the fact that his son downloaded child porn on a cell phone connected to the Stanek campaign.
In his favor, he punched a Nazi sympathizer while in Reno. I mean, credit where credit is due.
But it’s not like Stanek being an asshole is new news. (Here’s what I wrote about him in 2014 — the quick summary involves use of the n-word, a road-rage incident where he beat up another driver, and an arrest of someone for being on a public sidewalk because she’s previously annoyed him. That road rage incident was back in 1989, but I’m struck by the fact that he got into another fist fight in March, which suggests he’s still got a volatile temper, even if the March dude, as noted above, probably deserved to be punched a few more times.)
Here’s who’s on the primary ballot:
Joseph Banks is hard to Google because he shares a name with a fancy menswear store. He appears to be a decent guy with law-enforcement experience who wouldn’t be Rich Stanek, but he hasn’t gotten a ton of traction.
Dave Hutch (also a decent guy with law-enforcement experience who isn’t Rich Stanek) has the DFL endorsement; I think he’s (maybe) got a shot at beating Stanek, if people actually vote in this race:
The fact is, only about 347,000 people voted in the 2014 sheriff’s race. Stanek snagged 68 percent of those votes. This was after the majority of Stanek’s own deputies endorsed his opponent, Eddie Frizell.
The rub: About 714,000 people were registered to vote at 7 a.m. that morning.
In Hennepin County in 2016, 429,288 people voted for Hillary Clinton; 191,770 voted for Donald Trump. Even with the suburbs, Hennepin County swings very, very blue. But most people, even the ones who vote in the midterms, don’t vote in this race.
One note: I think his name is actually Dave Hutchinson? So on the ballot he might be Dave Hutch, Dave Hutchinson, or Dave “Hutch” Hutchinson, which was probably what he was going for when he filled out the forms.
Vote for Dave Hutch in the primary, and talk to your friends about voting for him, too (especially once he gets past the primary, talk to them about voting for him in the general). Tell them why they shouldn’t vote for Stanek, and why they should vote for Hutch. There are thousands of people in Minneapolis who’d vote for Stanek’s opponent if they knew more about Stanek; maybe enough to swing this race.
I was surprised to find out that Dave Hutch is actually Dave Hutchinson. I haven’t voted yet, so I’m hopeful that the ballot will make this clear so that the gentleman gets the votes he deserves (including mine).
He’s listed as “Dave Hutch” on the sample ballot.
God bless you, Naomi. This is so helpful.
IT SHOULD BE NOTED:
So I went over to Dave Hutch’s website, and I like him better and better. Not only because of his dedication to protecting immigrant and native communities, but also support of de-escalation training and the protection and care of the mentally ill (a huge issue for me). But then! On his endorsement page! His response to his endorsement of Stonewall DFL reads as follows: “As a member of the LGBTQ community, this endorsement means a lot. Stonewall DFL has been at the forefront of fighting for the rights of the LGBTQ community as well as other underrepresented communities.” – Dave Hutch
YES I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE GAY SHERIFF, PLEASE AND THANK YOU.
Have we ever had a sheriff candidate who is not only out but speaks lovingly about his life with his husband and dog, AND credits his working class parents? This might be my favorite vote that I cast. Thanks, Naomi!