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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4 days ago

People for Pittman
I am looking forward to presenting to the Attorney General’s Women’s Economic Security Task Force Thursday night. 

My lived experience and professional learnings relative to policy that negatively affects women, their families and communities is one worth noting. 

I’m honored to present to the task force and look forward to hearing about their work as a result of what they’ve heard from others before me.

I am looking forward to presenting to the Attorney General’s Women’s Economic Security Task Force Thursday night.

My lived experience and professional learnings relative to policy that negatively affects women, their families and communities is one worth noting.

I’m honored to present to the task force and look forward to hearing about their work as a result of what they’ve heard from others before me.
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2 weeks ago

People for Pittman

Our Statement Regarding the Verdict Rendered
in the Trial of Derek Chauvin

(April 20, 2021) -- There is no amount of justice that can justify the violence that George Perry Floyd, Jr. suffered on May 25, 2020. Yet, today, we honor his life, taken without right or cause, and breathe with gratitude for the jury that saw fit to convict Derek Chauvin on all three counts of murder.

For almost one year, we have collectively held our breath, while also holding onto hope. As this verdict is read, we long to breathe sighs of relief, yet we know they are followed by deep, heavy breaths that carry the weight of fear.

We exhale breaths of relief honoring the brilliant prosecution led by Jerry W. Blackwell, founding partner and CEO of Blackwell Burke P.A., the steadfast and fearless fight of the family of George Floyd, Jr., and the tireless advocacy of freedom fighters at George Floyd Square and similar squares throughout the country. We thank them for their tremendous bravery and relentless pursuit of justice.

We promise, George Floyd, Jr. will never be forgotten. His life mattered.

With gratitude, we thank our youth, community activists, and leaders on-the-ground, in board rooms and court rooms who have led and continue to lead this national reckoning, joining generations before us demanding justice for George and for every Black life extinguished on the road to freedom.

While this verdict is for Derek Chauvin, America must reckon with the charges of systemic racism and policy violence that are used as weapons of mass destruction against Black people every day. The last 335 days must serve as a mandate for action and systems change across every sector in our nation – economic, criminal justice, health, wealth and homeownership gaps, education, and more -- that continue to devalue, harm, and take Black lives.

This is not the end of the story. The final chapter will come when racial equity and inclusion are achieved. As a community, we will continue to rise, lead, and demand change. We do it for George, for Daunte, for Breonna, for Philando, and for Jamar. This national reckoning will continue.

At the Center for Economic Inclusion, we stand in solidarity with leaders committed to the principles of anti-racism, equity, inclusion and belonging who are willing to reckon with the depths of change and power yielding required to build an economy that works for everyone. We walk in relentless pursuit of that goal every day.
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3 weeks ago

People for Pittman

The guilty verdict was common sense. The jury represents our desire to move forward, to heal, to recompense.

If Jeff Lunde doesn’t have a statement after this, we must question how he plans to move forward and if he plans to lead us moving forward. He was financially supported by the Police Union, so pay close attention.

A real leader cannot miss what's happening in this moment, a moment that has the potential to make the United States the most powerful country in the world.

Y’all better hold these nice white boys accountable.
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I see what page this is coming from. Oh yes. 🌺🌺🌺

Won’t he be up in 2022 because of census redistricting?

I started the question!

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