Meet the Candidates: Dakota County Attorney

April 21, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
April 22, 2021 @ 4:45 pm

Did you know that the Dakota County Board of Commissioners is poised to appoint the next Dakota County Attorney?

Join us to hear from the candidates about their visions for criminal justice in Dakota County.


County attorneys are some of the most powerful people in the criminal justice system. They decide who gets criminal charges filed against them, determine the severity of those charges, and decide if charges get filed at all. County attorneys can contribute to increases in incarceration and exacerbate racial inequities in our justice system, or they can be agents for criminal justice reform.

Earlier this year, current Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom retired, which means the Dakota County Board of Commissioners will be appointing their replacement. The Board will make a decision later this spring, and you, the people of Dakota County, won't be able to vote the way you normally would. But that doesn't mean you can't weigh in on this critical appointment.

Join us virtually on Wednesday, April 21 at 5 p.m. CT for a candidate forum to hear from three finalists the Dakota County Board of Commissioners has chosen.

The candidates for Dakota County Attorney are Kathryn Keena, Thomas Pugh, Elizabeth Lamin. The candidates will each be invited to this forum where you will have an opportunity to ask them questions, hear what their plans are on the role of the county attorney, and provide feedback to the Dakota County Board on which candidate you prefer.

Meet the Candidates: Dakota County Attorney will be moderated by Erin Maye Quade, Advocacy Director at Gender Justice, former Minnesota State Representative and lifelong Dakota County resident.

This event is sponsored by ACLU of Minnesota, Coalition of Asian American Leaders, Don’t Complain Activate, Gender Justice, Jewish Community Action, NAACP of Minneapolis, and Release MN8.