Hutchinson's Hennepin County sherrif's race win is certified

Stanek has one week to call for a recount that he has to pay for

Susie Jones
November 13, 2018 - 11:12 am

One week after the polls closed, the Hennepin County Canvassing Board on Tuesday declared Dave Hutchinson the winner of the race for sheriff.

Hutchinson had a 2,340-vote margin over incumbent Sheriff Rich Stanek.

Stanek released this statement after the results were certified:

“I have congratulated Sheriff-elect David Hutchinson on the results of the race, and the transition is underway,” said Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek. “It is a great honor to serve alongside the dedicated men and women in the Sheriff’s Office, and I look forward to continuing my service to the residents of the county until my term expires.”

County Administration and Hutchinson have been in contact regarding the transition.

The Sheriff’s Office services will remain seamless during the transition. The agency’s 1,100 personnel and volunteers will continue to serve the counties 1.3 million residents—election results do not change the agency’s fundamental mission of providing the highest level of public safety services, with compassion, dignity, and respect.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office was established in 1852, and has had 27 Sheriffs. Sheriff Stanek was first elected as Hennepin County Sheriff in 2006 and he is currently serving his third term as Sheriff.

Hutchinson is a Metro Transit Police Sgt who will become the county's first openly gay Sheriff ever to serve in the county.

"It's absolutely a non-issue," Hutchinson told reporters outside the canvassing board office. "We are here to represent everyone, no matter what you look like, where you are from, where you were born, who you pray to, and who you love."

Nearly 530,000 votes were cast in the race, and the board found no errors in the original vote totals.