Hatt drops out of County Commissioner race, endorses Schweigert

Public policy analyst Katie Hatt has dropped out of the race for Hennepin County Commissioner District 3 and thrown her support behind Hennepin County prosecutor Ben Schweigert.

The other candidates in the race for Gail Dorfman’s seat include former state Rep. Marion Greene, former state Sen. Ken Kelash and St. Louis Park City Council Member Anne Mavity. 

Dorfman is stepping down from the County Board in early March to take a new job as head of St. Stephen’s Human Services. A primary has been set for April 29 and a special election on May 13. 

In a note posted on her website today, Hatt said she lacked the campaign cash to mount a viable campaign. “A reality of political campaigns is they also require money. With nearly three months to the May 13th Special Election, I took a hard look at my campaign budget and fundraising plan. Simply put, the money is not there for me to continue,” she wrote. 

She also wrote it’s her “heartfelt wish” to see Schweigert succeed Dorfman. “Ben is a passionate progressive with a clear and compelling vision for the future of Hennepin County. I believe he will most authentically and effectively advocate for the issues I care about and that you have told me you care about too,” she wrote. 

Schweigert said he’s honored to have Hatt’s support. “From the beginning of this campaign, it has been clear that we share a core set of progressive values and an optimistic vision for the future of our county. I look forward to working with her to build a Hennepin County equal to that vision,” he said.