Yang will run for Hennepin County post

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Blong Yang announced April 9 he will be a candidate for Hennepin County Commissioner-District 2. Yang is seeking the seat that opened when Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Stenglein announced he would resign to head the Minneapolis Downtown Council.

Yang said, “Having lived in Minneapolis for over a decade, I have seen career politicians playing musical chairs with political offices. I believe I have the background and experience to provide a fresh voice and perspective for District 2.”

Yang said he will push for an effective, efficient, and engaged county government that is focused on long term positive impact on Hennepin County. “In tough economic times, smart government allows us to continue to provide essential services, while planning for the future.”

Yang is an investigator with the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights (MDCR). Prior to joining the MDCR, Yang owned a solo law practice in Minneapolis for eight years, focusing on family law and other civil matters. While in solo practice, he also served on the Commitment Defense Panel of the Hennepin County Bar Association where he represented people who were being civilly committed for mental illness and/or chemical dependency. Before opening his private practice Yang worked for the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis.

He is married to local writer Mai Neng Moua, and has owned a home in the Jordan neighborhood for more than 10 years.

Other candidates were profiled in the March 28 NorthNews (available in News Archives at www.MyNorthNews.com).