Flanagan announces run for Minnesota House

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flanagan named co-chair of cradle-to-k cabinet.jpgST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. – White Earth

citizen and DFL activist Peggy Flanagan announced her candidacy for

the Minnesota House of Representatives for District 46A on May 22.

In a press release, Flanagan gave her

reasons for running for office. “This community has given me so

much. My mom and I moved to St. Louis Park when I was a baby. As a

single mother, she chose this community because of the opportunities

that it provided for good public education, stable neighborhoods, and

economic security, and she was right. My family and I settled in my

hometown for the same reasons, and now I want to give back.”

Flanagan, 35, currently serves as

executive director of Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota. She also

worked for eight years at Wellstone Action, including as director of

external affairs. In 2012, she worked as the Director of Community

Outreach for Minnesotans United for all Families; and she was

co-chair of the Raise The Wage campaign in 2014.

A citizen of the White Earth Nation of

Ojibwe, Flanagan lives in the Bronx Park neighborhood of St. Louis

Park with her husband Tim Hellendrung and 2 year-old daughter

Siobhan. She is a graduate of St. Louis Park public schools and the

University of Minnesota.

Rep. Ryan Winkler (DFL) announced his retirement

from the Minnesota House of Representatives on May 21, after serving

more than eight years. A special election will likely be held later

this year for the remainder of his term. District 46A includes parts

of St. Louis Park, Golden Valley and Plymouth.

PHOTO: Flanagan with Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges in 2014. (Courtesy photo)