De’Vonna Pittman Announces Campaign for Hennepin County Commissioner

De'Vonna Speaking at Campaign Kick-off

(New Hope, MN) — De’Vonna Pittman, a long time Hennepin County employee, small business owner, author, community champion, and literacy advocate filed her campaign for the office of Hennepin County Board of Commissioners in District 1, which includes Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Crystal, New Hope, Osseo, and Robbinsdale.

“I know how the county system works and does not work, for the people of Hennepin County and my district. I’ve been on the front line with talented and resourceful colleagues and grassroots organizers involved in equity and inclusivity,” says Pittman. “I believe that engaged and empowered people create healthier communities. As a County Commissioner, I will use my experience to be a stronger advocate for all communities in Hennepin County, especially those in the First District.”

Hennepin County commissioners are key policymakers who represent the interest of the county. Commissioners oversee operations and are stewards of a budget of $2.4 billion dollars, and collectively decide how those funds are to be allocated across the county.

Pittman says her top three platform issues will focus on affordable housing, workforce development, and reduction of disparities and inequities.

“I am running to continue doing what I’ve always done, to be a strong voice 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.”

Pittman, who will seek the DFL endorsement, has been described as a “community engagement guru” in her work at Hennepin County and in her volunteer work as co-founder and board chair for the Minnesota Black Authors Expo and Book Fair. She also is an entrepreneur who has created a publishing company and an organic skin and hair care line.

Originally from Illinois, De’Vonna has lived in Minnesota for 28 years and in the First District with husband Robert since 2005. Pittman has a degree in Liberal Arts with a focus in Juvenile Criminal Justice from Metropolitan State University, and a Masters in Law Enforcement Leadership from the University of St. Thomas.

To learn more about De’Vonna Pittman, please visit PeopleforPittman.com

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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Hennepin County Candidate Pittman Receives Major Labor Endorsements

Hennepin County Candidate Pittman Receives Major Labor Endorsements

Hennepin County Commissioner candidate De’Vonna Pittman has recently received endorsements of two more major labor unions, her campaign announced Thursday. Both the Teamsters Joint Council 32 and the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation have declared Pittman as their endorsed candidate.

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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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