I’m running for re-election because I am passionate about Hennepin’s First District, and I think I can continue providing prudent leadership on the Hennepin County Board. I’ve worked hard on issues to improve transportation, health care and human services throughout our District, and while much has been accomplished, we still face significant challenges. Health disparities and infrastructure needs abound, and I am committed to finding solutions that continue to deliver results.
Despite a rise in demand for county services, we have weathered the Great Recession by doing more with less. We've taken tough steps, cutting operating and capital budgets, and innovating ways to deliver services more efficiently and at lower costs. The right things are on the rise in District One: our quality of life, the health of our children, and the safety of our roads and neighborhoods. Find out more inside.
Endorsements and Supporters
- Mayor Kathi Hemken, New Hope
- Mayor Tim Willson, Brooklyn Center
- Mayor Jeffrey Lunde, Brooklyn Park
- Police Officers' Federation of Minneapolis
- Teamsters Joint Council 32
- Hennepin County DFL
- Building and Construction Trades
Mike Opat/District One in the news:
$2.1 million in Youth Sports Grants awarded, Hennepin County, October 30, 2012
Hennepin County continues commissioner pay donation, unpaid leave, Sun Post, August 8, 2012
Hennepin County Commissioners to lead health project, Star Tribune, February 11, 2012
Hennepin County awards 28 grants for youth sports, Star Tribune, December 20, 2011
Hennepin County, schools team up to reduce dropout rate, Star Tribune, February 5, 2011
Mike with his wife, Kim and family.
Mike at the Crystal Frolics Parade in July 2012