Special Election: Candidate Frethem Officially Files for Office

Shoreview resident campaigns for Ramsey County Commissioner in District 1

SHOREVIEW, MINN. – June 5, 2019 – Nicole Joy Frethem, a Shoreview resident, state employee and mother of two, officially has filed her candidacy with Ramsey County. It’s the latest step in her campaign’s swift and strong beginnings. Frethem first announced her campaign on May 16, one week after media reported Commissioner Huffman’s resignation.

In the weeks since her campaign announcement, Frethem has launched a new website, held a public campaign launch event at Island Lake Park on May 25, started fundraising and assembled a campaign team, including Ania McDonnell as campaign manager.

“I have been humbled by the support I've received so far,” said Frethem. “I have seized many opportunities to engage more fully with my community, which has reaffirmed my desire to serve and represent my neighbors at the county level. I have had a home in District 1 for decades and want to ensure future generations enjoy the same quality of life that my family has experienced.”

Frethem believes the current County Commissioners have worked hard over the last two decades to shore up the county’s financial reputation and make sound public policy decisions. 

“As the board moves to restructure service delivery in the county and address disparities faced by many of the county residents, I hope to bring my experience serving Ramsey County families of all backgrounds and my understanding of human-centered policy design to the table to ensure Ramsey County is supporting all families with innovative and efficient policy solutions,” said Frethem. 

“I am ready to tackle the challenges facing the board by listening and understanding the people in the district, holding open and honest conversations, and leading with integrity and transparency.”

Activities beyond her official campaign milestones have included visiting with members of the Minnesota Nurses Association and Teamsters Local 120 while on strike, and attending Grand Old Day wearing her campaign t-shirt in order to listen to and discuss policy concerns with her potential constituents.

Nicole Frethem