De’Vonna Pittman Announces Broad Endorsements for Hennepin County Commissioner

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(New Hope, MN) — Small business owner, author, and literacy advocate De’Vonna Pittman received the endorsement of the Democrat-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party for the office of Hennepin County Board of Commissioners in District 1.

“I believe engaged and empowered people create healthier communities,” Pittman said. “That is why I reached out to thousands of people over the past six months to get involved in this process. So I am honored to have received this endorsement, and I will proudly work over the next six months to get even more people involved in this election.”

Additionally, Pittman has received endorsements from AFSCME Council 5, the state and local employees union, the Minnesota chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), and from the DFL Veterans’ Caucus.

Many community leaders throughout the district are also voicing their support including Senators Ann Rest (SD45), Chris Eaton (SD40), John Hoffman (SD36), Speaker of the Minnesota House Melissa Hortman (36B), Representatives Mike Freiberg (45B), Samantha Vang (40B), City Council Member April Graves (Brooklyn Center), and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.

State Senator Ann Rest from New Hope stated, ”I enthusiastically support De’Vonna. She has proven to be a hard-worker and will be a great asset to this district. I really look forward to working with her as our next county commissioner.”

Hennepin County commissioners are key policymakers who represent the interest of the county, overseeing operations of a budget of $2.4 billion. Pittman says her top three platform issues will focus on affordable housing, workforce development, and smart transportation.

Pittman has been described in Rolling Out, a national online magazine, as a “community engagement guru” in her volunteer work as co-founder and board chair for the Minnesota Black Authors Expo and Book Fair. She is also an entrepreneur who has created a publishing company and an organic skin and hair care line.

She has lived in the district with her husband Robert since 2005. She has a degree in Juvenile Criminal Justice from Metropolitan State University, and a Masters in Law Enforcement Leadership from the University of St. Thomas.

Pittman received 62% of support on the first ballot cast for the DFL endorsement from Hennepin County District 1 delegates, which includes Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Crystal, New Hope, Osseo, and Robbinsdale.

For more information, contact M.Kathleen Murphy, 612-709-6350

 

About De'Vonna

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

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To say that I am completely humbled by this honor is an understatement. 

Check out the other community leaders who were named Black History Makers.

To say that I am completely humbled by this honor is an understatement.

Check out the other community leaders who were named Black History Makers.HCL is celebrating Black History Month by featuring current history makers in our community. Today we are featuring De'Vonna Pittman.

De’Vonna Pittman founded the Minnesota Black Authors Expo in 2017 connecting Black authors and their work to community and educators. An author, community advocate, and equity advocate, she has hosted countless community forums to empower women and their families.

She is Director of Inclusive Growth at Center for Economic Inclusion. Pittman leads the Center’s efforts to create broad, measurable shared accountability among public local, regional and statewide leaders and policy makers. She equips leaders and agencies with the knowledge, tools, and resources needed to close racial wealth gaps and accelerate inclusive economic competitiveness through racially equitable workforce, land-use, economic development, housing, transportation and infrastructure policies and investment.

-- What inspires you to do the work you do in your community? --

I am a product of generational poverty and I know the barriers to gaining stability and self-empowerment. Pulling one's self out of poverty requires utilizing systems that are often not built to truly address all that comes along with trauma, instability, and being raised in a marginalized community. I know what is possible with even a little bit of determination and having systems that minimally address basic needs of survival. I believe that every little bit of passion I put into the world around me will create incremental changes in community, and in families, and it will make life better for a lot of people.

-- What part of this work for your community are you most proud of? --

I am most proud of the Minnesota Black Authors Expo; it is a magical event. Minnesota has some of the worst educational disparities; our children, especially children of color, have fallen behind. We wanted to restore a love for reading for Black children, and in Black communities. The expo has donated over 700 books since 2017. In the process of connecting community to Black literature, we were able to build something very special.
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