Updated Feb 2, 2022 - News

Hennepin County sheriff won't seek re-election after DUI arrest

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Photo courtesy of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson announced Wednesday that he won't seek re-election in November, following fallout from his DUI crash late last year.

The big picture: While he's suspending his campaign, Hutchinson said he will not heed growing calls to resign.

Flashback: Hutchinson pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DWI after crashing his government-issued SUV following a law enforcement event in Alexandria on Dec. 8, 2021.

What he's saying: "I refuse to be pushed out of my role as sheriff by political figures with alternative motives which would likely come at the cost of the safety and security of the residents of Hennepin County," he said.

What to watch: Two candidates have already announced campaigns for sheriff, meaning a competitive campaign is likely.

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