Why I’m Running

Iam running for Hennepin County Commissioner to reduce disparities, increase opportunities, and to make sure everyone in our community has a chance to thrive.

Growing up in the poorest suburb in America, I never imagined myself as someone who could achieve much of anything. The extreme poverty I faced everyday blinded my ability to dream and to imagine what life could be like if greater was possible. 

When I began my career at Hennepin County as the committee clerk for the Board, I learned how decisions were made and how dollars were spent. Seven voices, seven votes, seven human beings making decisions for people who weren’t in the room. 

In my role as project coordinator for the Minnesota Ballpark Authority I coordinated community engagement sessions where I learned how important it was to bring community members into everything we do, to listen authentically and to understand the voices of the people affected by the county’s decisions and the opportunities their voices provided to improve the County’s work. 

As the Disparity Reduction Coordinator, I’m responsible for taking a critical look at the County’s lines of business and the work happening in areas of education, employment, income, health, housing, justice, and transportation. 

I’m responsible for finding opportunities to fix problems that affect people’s everyday lives by working with staff to develop meaningful work plans built on actionable outcomes.

As an advocate for disenfranchised communities, I have committed the last twenty years of my life in the trenches working to change narratives.

My extensive knowledge of Hennepin County and its complex systems has prepared me to serve as a county commissioner who knows how to get things done. 

I am running to continue doing what I’ve always done, to be a strong voice and advocate for the people who live and work in Hennepin County.  Whether it be affordable housing, property taxes, workforce development, transportation and accessibility or immigration I am prepared and qualified to be your voice and advocate on day one. 

Get to Know De’Vonna

De’Vonna is a skilled bridge builder, communicator, activator, and strategist, who specializes in creating collaborations between communities and government, as well as curating spaces and programs that allow individuals, families, and communities to thrive.

De’Vonna has worked at Hennepin County for over 17 years. Her expansive career includes working as the Committee Clerk to the Board of Commissioners, helping re-envision training programs for individuals exiting prison, as well as coordinating the environmental impact study and community conversations around ADA and accessibility issues for the new Twins stadium. 

As a small business owner, author, and community activist De’Vonna co-founded the Minnesota Black Author’s Expo to provide a space for community and educators to find black literature.

She currently serves on the American Civil Liberties Union Smart Justice Committee and has been recognized as a Josie R. Johnson Leadership Fellow.

Transportation

De’Vonna is committed to taking the lead on engaging community members to talk about the connection between public transportation, the environment, and equity. 

The County needs to make sure public transportation is a realistic option for the people who live and work in District One.

Affordable Housing

A fresh look at affordable housing and equitable funding is a priority for De’Vonna.

New families, individuals entering the workforce, disenfranchised communities, seniors, and immigrants often dish out more than 30% on housing.

Workforce Development

For Hennepin County to have a competitive workforce it needs to reduce employment inequities and create innovative employment and training opportunities.

Invest in De'Vonna

It takes money to run for public office. We need your support to get our message to voters. Your financial contribution will help turn De’Vonna’s vision and leadership for a better Hennepin County into a reality!

Contribution limits are $1,000 per individual or $2,000 per married couple. Contribution to People for De’Vonna Pittman are not tax deductible.

Checks to People for De’Vonna Pitman are appreciated and can be mailed to:
P.O. Box 27639, Minneapolis, MN 55427.

Endorsements

DFL

“I am proud and humbled to have earned the DFL's support. I will work hard to turn out the vote in November and to ensure residents have the quality of life they want and deserve.” 

~ De’Vonna

AFSCME Council 5

AFSCME Council 5 is excited to announce our support for De'Vonna Pittman in Hennepin County to be the next Commissioner for District 1. Our members are proud to support you and we look forward to working with you in the future."

~ Abdul Omar, Political Organizer

DFL Veteran's Caucus

“The Veterans Caucus unanimously endorses De'Vonna Pittman for Hennepin County Commissioner. Her values and support of veterans issues stand her apart from everyone.”

~ Mark Doble, Vice Chair & Outreach Officer

Minnesota Chapter of National Organization for Women

"The Minnesota NOW PAC is thrilled to endorse De'Vonna Pittman in her race for the Hennepin County Commissioner. We need leaders who will work for constitutional equity, reproductive rights, and LGBTQIA rights and we are excited to support De'Vonna, who is clearly one of those leaders."

~ Grace Anderson, MN NOW PAC Chair

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2 days ago

People for Pittman

Meet us on West Broadway for the clean up.

Yall, we are not okay in Minnesota.

If you live in Minneapolis and you can help, meet us on Broadway in North Minneapolis.

We are meeting by the skate park next to Juxta at 10 am.

If you can bring heavy duty trash bags, water, brooms, snacks, #GOODVIBES.

We will get through this together, with everyone doing their part.

It’s action time.
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You know if it was possible I would be right there with you sis!♥️♥️♥️

2 days ago

People for Pittman
On May 25 George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis Police Officer. When the bystander video was released, it was horrific. We saw a man’s last breath being forced from his body. It shook us to our core. 

The deaths of Jamar Clark and Philando Castile numbed us, but this...this for a lot of people was the last straw. As a result our state is in turmoil. Protests and civil unrest have ensued. 

People are exhausted. It’s exhausting. No one wanted it to come to this. 
Right now things seem out of control, but they’ve been that way. 

We need Mike Freeman to follow through immediately with the investigation and charge the former officer(s) as soon as possible.

The county has to reconsider its priorities. What we have done is just not enough, and we’ve been spinning our wheels for far too long. 

All leaders must take a stand to speak out against the death of George Floyd and commit to a productive path forward. 

The looting is a result of a deeper issue, it is poverty, mental health, homelessness, and unaddressed structural racism, among other things. 

As a good friend said, the roots of this are deep!

On May 25 George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis Police Officer. When the bystander video was released, it was horrific. We saw a man’s last breath being forced from his body. It shook us to our core.

The deaths of Jamar Clark and Philando Castile numbed us, but this...this for a lot of people was the last straw. As a result our state is in turmoil. Protests and civil unrest have ensued.

People are exhausted. It’s exhausting. No one wanted it to come to this.
Right now things seem out of control, but they’ve been that way.

We need Mike Freeman to follow through immediately with the investigation and charge the former officer(s) as soon as possible.

The county has to reconsider its priorities. What we have done is just not enough, and we’ve been spinning our wheels for far too long.

All leaders must take a stand to speak out against the death of George Floyd and commit to a productive path forward.

The looting is a result of a deeper issue, it is poverty, mental health, homelessness, and unaddressed structural racism, among other things.

As a good friend said, the roots of this are deep!
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The black race has waited too long for justice, and in the end its just us. A change is coming...not in the next century, but its coming now. How long must we be the oppressed?

I personally know the bystander who recorded the video...I wonder if an eye witness testimony would count, since they are trying to challenge the validity of the the video!

3 days ago

People for Pittman
It is smart for all communities to have well balanced political leaders. I believe De’Vonna Pittman will bring forth experiences of a solid business acumen, fresh ideas, and experiences for a much needed and balanced seat at the table.

Knowing De’Vonna personally, some of her early life roots are ingrained in stories of adversity and hardships. Today, her education, business mind, and career background highlight the strengths she possess necessary to become county commissioner. 

The people of District 1 deserve a balanced, commissioner, someone who will see them, and hear them!

Key Bentley 
Human Resources 
Executive Search Recruiter

"It is smart for all communities to have well balanced political leaders. I believe De’Vonna Pittman will bring forth experiences of a solid business acumen, fresh ideas, and experiences for a much needed and balanced seat at the table.

Knowing De’Vonna personally, some of her early life roots are ingrained in stories of adversity and hardships. Today, her education, business mind, and career background highlight the strengths she possess necessary to become county commissioner.

The people of District 1 deserve a balanced, commissioner, someone who will see them, and hear them!"

Key Bentley
Human Resources
Executive Search Recruiter
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You are correct

6 days ago

People for Pittman
It is both an honor and privilege that I enthusiastically endorse the candidacy of De’Vonnna Pittman for election to the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners District 1. 

I have known De’Vonna for many years and have had the distinct fortune of working with her on two major county initiatives (the Twins Ballpark project and the Disparities Reduction effort). 

There is no other candidate that has the insight and drive to support the best interest of the constituents of District 1. With a Master’s Degree in Law Enforcement Leadership and almost 20 years working for the county, she is loyal to the ideals of Hennepin and committed to its success.  

As a ten-year US Army veteran, small business owner, and proud person of color, I am convinced that she will be a champion who will fight against systemic racism, xenophobia and other major issues that plague Hennepin County and abroad! 

Alex Tittle, Diversity Act
U.S. Army Veteran
Consultant & Friend

"It is both an honor and privilege that I enthusiastically endorse the candidacy of De’Vonnna Pittman for election to the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners District 1.

I have known De’Vonna for many years and have had the distinct fortune of working with her on two major county initiatives (the Twins Ballpark project and the Disparities Reduction effort).

There is no other candidate that has the insight and drive to support the best interest of the constituents of District 1. With a Master’s Degree in Law Enforcement Leadership and almost 20 years working for the county, she is loyal to the ideals of Hennepin and committed to its success.

As a ten-year US Army veteran, small business owner, and proud person of color, I am convinced that she will be a champion who will fight against systemic racism, xenophobia and other major issues that plague Hennepin County and abroad!"

Alex Tittle, Diversity Act
U.S. Army Veteran
Consultant & Friend
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6 days ago

People for Pittman

Here's wishing to all who celebrate - peace, harmony, happiness, good health and prosperity on the auspicious occasion of Eid. Happy Eid Mubarak to all. ... See MoreSee Less

7 days ago

People for Pittman

Join GVBack Tuesday today and all week to improve our communities. Together, we can make a difference.

You can do this by donating one hour of your time to this or other things:

-Planting a tree in honor of a senior citizen and or checking in on them
-Cleaning up litter in your community
-Encouraging people to fill out their census form and registering their absentee ballot.

For more info: https://www.gvbacktuesday.com/post/seedstoharvest
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Pretty! What you say? I was looking at how pretty you look, so let me go back and listen...

Those are all beautiful ideas!!!!!

God bless you! Stay safe.❤️🙏🏾😷

Amen. Together we can accomplish a whole lot more. 🙏🙏

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