Nicole Joy Frethem Announces Campaign For Ramsey County Commissioner

Shoreview resident, Minnesota state employee and law student announces candidacy

SHOREVIEW, MINN. – May 16, 2019 – Shoreview resident and longtime advocate Nicole Joy Frethem announced her candidacy today in the special election for Ramsey County Commissioner in District 1.

A mother of two, Frethem has more than a decade of first-hand experience supporting young families and their children both in the private and public sectors. That is why Frethem will focus on making sure families have what they need to raise the next generation of Minnesotans. She will do this by making the investments our community needs through efficient, smart use of public funds and results-based accountability measures. 

“I am running for commissioner because I know Ramsey County is an incredible place to live and raise a family,” said Frethem. “I want to invest in what our community values to ensure that current residents can continue enjoying a high quality of life and also make way for the next generation of families.” 

She has spent her career focused on providing for families through direct service, policy changes, and system solutions. Frethem’s unique combination of experiences have shown her the challenges facing government and small businesses. 

“Right now, we are facing a critical time for our community — the lack of affordable, quality child care; the aging of our residents; the need for high-paying jobs; and the depletion of affordable housing stock are all coming at once. We need to use smart polices to make sure we meet our neighbor’s needs now and prepare boldly for the future” said Frethem. “We are also dealing with public funds and resources, and the voters in our community should know and trust that we are governing from a place of community values, using data and facts to manage any risks, and provide responsive, transparent solutions to the challenges we face together.”

Growing up in the Twin Cities, Frethem received her bachelor’s degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, a master’s degree from Concordia University in St. Paul and currently is pursuing a law degree at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law. She currently lives in Shoreview with her husband and two daughters. She is also a member in the local theater community.

Jamey Erickson