County commission incumbents back in the mix

Blake Huffman
Blake Huffman
Mary Jo McGuire
Mary Jo McGuire

Area members of the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners have announced their intent to seek reelection this year. 

Commissioners Blake Huffman and Mary Jo McGuire will be familiar names on the list of candidates on the November ballot. Both said they hope to retain their seats on the board.

Huffman, representing District 1, said in a prepared statement released Jan. 22 that he has taken an active role over the past four years in business development, housing those in need and public safety. He said he'd like to proceed with these efforts.

"I am seeking reelection in 2016 to continue this service to our community," Huffman wrote. "Having lived in the area for my entire life, I'm very passionate about the people of this area and do my best to represent them in the best way possible."

Huffman, who represents cities that including Arden Hills, Mounds View and Shoreview, among others, was first elected to the board in 2012 after spending 16 years on the Shoreview City Council.

Over his four years as commissioner, Huffman has sat on various boards, committees and commissions, including the Ramsey County Housing and Redevelopment Authority and the Metropolitan Emergency Services Board. He also serves on the Rice Creek Commons Joint Development Authority, which is developing the area formerly known as the  Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills.

Mary Jo McGuire, the commissioner for District 2, also announced that she will seek reelection and said she hopes to continue her work representing New Brighton, parts of Mounds View and St. Anthony, as well as Lauderdale, Little Canada and Roseville. 

McGuire was elected to the board in 2012. In addition to serving as the chair of the Countyís Legislative Committee, she is the vice-chair of the Health Services Committee, Human Services/Workforce Solutions Committee and of the Regional Railroad Authority.  She also serves on the budget, county facilities, public safety and justice, and the public works, parks and solid waste committees.

McGuire, a former longtime representative in the Minnesota House, has been a resident of Ramsey County her whole life and currently resides in Roseville.

Jesse Poole can be reached at or at 651-748-7815. Follow him on Twitter @JPooleNews.

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