Anoka County Board
Adapted from the Minneapolis Labor Review, October 16, 2020
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
LINO LAKES — The race for Anoka County Board District 6 will be one of those contests where just a handful of votes could decide the outcome. Cindy Hansen is running for the seat with the endorsement of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.
Hansen’s other labor endorsements include: the Laborer’s District Council and Teamsters Local 120.
District 6 in eastern Anoka County includes part of Blaine plus Centerville, Circle Pines, Columbus, Lexington Lino Lakes, and Linwood.
Hansen, Lino Lakes, is a former nine-year mayor of Spring Lake Park.
In the August 11, 2020 primary, Hansen placed second, trailing incumbent Jeff Reinert by just 216 votes out of 6,311 total votes cast.
(Reinert won the seat in a special election February 11, 2020, beating Hanson by just 145 votes out of a total of 2,266 votes cast. The special election was called to fill the vacancy created when incumbent Rhonda Sivarajah resigned to take the job of Anoka County administrator).
“I have a reputation of working well with others, listening to others, and giving people a voice,” says Hansen. I think that’s one of my biggest assets.”
Currently, she says, “people feel like they do not have a voice because of the way the county has their meetings. There’s no open discussion. People feel there’s a lack of transparency.”
The November 3 general election will be the fourth race between Hansen and Reinert since a November 5, 2019 primary for a special election to fill the then-vacant District 6 seat.
“We haven’t stopped campaigning since,” Hansen says. “It’s been non-stop for a year.”
Hansen is proud to run on her record serving as Spring Lake Park mayor and attracting $55 million in development there, among other accomplishments.
Her opponent is distracting from the real issues in the race, she says, by stirring up controversy over what should be a non-issue.
After she and her husband, a retired Teamster, bought their current home in Lino Lakes, she continued to live in her Spring Lake Park home 51 percent of the time — as required by law — “which I gladly did,” she says. “I am proud that I fulfilled my obligation to the voters.”
“I support unions,” Hansen says. “I would really appreciate people sharing my message. This is going to take every vote; It’s going to be close.”
MRLF backing Cindy Hansen for Anoka County Commissioner
Minneapolis Labor Review, December 20, 2019
MRLF endorses Cindy Hansen for Anoka County Commissioner, District 6
Minneapolis Labor Review, October 25, 2019
|Cindy Hansen sent this photo and a note in May 2020 to the Minneapolis Labor Review: “I am sending you a recent photo of what my husband and I have been doing during COVID-19... I hope you feel how important it is for someone who is Labor Endorsed to hold the seat of Anoka County Commissioner. The golf cart and trailer are my husband’s, a retired Teamster Local 120 member. He drives and entertains the children that run over to see the lights and hear the air horn, while I talk to voters at a safe distance.”