Greene wins special election for County Commissioner

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Marion Greene has prevailed in Tuesday’s special election for County Commissioner and will serve the remainder of former Commissioner Gail Dorfman’s term.

She secured 53.53 percent of the votes compared to Anne Mavity’s 46.07 percent. A total of 6,353 votes were cast in the special election — just slightly more than were cast in the primary two weeks ago.

Much like the primary, many more Minneapolis voters turned out to the polls than St. Louis Park residents. Mavity, a St. Louis Park City Council member, led among St. Louis Park voters, but trailed Greene in Minneapolis precincts. 

Greene will represent District 3 on the County Board, which includes southwest Minneapolis and St. Louis Park. She will face reelection in November. 

She lives in Uptown and served in the state Legislature 2011 to 2013 — succeeding Margaret Anderson Kelliher as the representative for District 60A. More recently she worked as Mark Andrew’s communications director in the 2013 mayoral race. 

Greene has pledged to advance an agenda focused on reducing the county’s disparities, investing in early childhood education and improving the financial health of HCMC, among other things. 

“Thank you. Thank you for the trust you are placing in me,” Greene wrote on her Facebook page Tuesday night. “Thank you for the opportunity to serve in this way. And thank you, Anne Mavity, for running a great campaign, for your leadership on housing and homelessness — I look forward to working with you to build a County where opportunity reaches everyone.”

Mavity thanked her supporters and congratulated Greene on her victory in a message posted on her campaign website. “I want to congratulate Marion Greene on her successful campaign and wish her the best as she begins serving as our new County Commissioner,” she wrote. “I am confident that our district will be well served and look forward to working with her.”