Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin has been representing Minneapolis on the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners since 1991, yet, the county’s record on contracting with people of color is abysmal. 

From 2011-2016, much less than 1 percent of Hennepin County’s contracting dollars were awarded to African-American owned firms. Shameful. 

Less than 2.8 percent of contracting dollars went to Asian owned firms. Less than one half percent was awarded to Hispanic owned firms and only .83 percent was awarded to Native-American owned firm. 

This represents hundreds of millions of dollars that should have gone into local businesses of color to create jobs and economic security for families. Contracting with African-American owned is proved to be the biggest single thing Hennepin County could do to address racial economic inequities and they are failing miserably. 

Under McLaughlin’s leadership these public dollars continue to flow to the “good old boys,” just like they always have. This has to stop. 

The Hennepin County disparity study also found that, “The disparity occurred even though eight of the nine entities operated race- and gender-based programs during this time period and the ninth entity drew from a pool of certified firms that was mostly MBE/WBE’s.” There has been no accountability or oversight, to ensure fair outcomes. 

Let’s do something different for a change. Let’s not keep supporting people against our own interest. Ask yourself what is going to be different if we continue down this same road? What do we have to lose? We certainly have a lot to gain. 

Let’s do something disruptive for a change. Our community can’t wait for another generation to be left out of the economic pie. It is time for a change. 

Please help us elected Angela Conley – the first Black women in the 144 years to the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners. 

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