I’m Brian Hagerty, and I ran for Hennepin County District Judge in 2014. I got 8,723 votes in the primary on August 12th, and I’m grateful for every vote. Unfortunately, I only placed third in the primary, so I was not on the ballot for the general election in November.
Both of the candidates who finished above me in the primary are now on the Hennepin County Bench. Congratulations to them! Judge Bridget Sullivan won the primary and the general election. Judge Paul Scoggin placed second in the primary and general election and was subsequently appointed to the bench by Governor Dayton. He is running for reelection in 2016.
Despite the disappointing election results, my supporters and I have a lot to be proud of. The campaign was an amazing couple of months. I am truly grateful for, and humbled by, all of the support and good wishes I received throughout my campaign from old friends and new.
Though my campaign is over, your campaign contributions are still welcome. My wife and I funded well over half of the campaign costs ourselves, and though we don’t regret having done so, we would certainly appreciate your support.
If you want to know who supported me, check out my list of supporters (a list that includes, among many others, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges; Minneapolis City Council Members Blong Yang, Andrew Johnson, and Jacob Frey; State Senators Ann Rest and Chris Eaton; State Representatives Susan Allen, John Benson, Karen Clark, and Raymond Dehn; and retired Associate Supreme Court Justice Esther Tomljanovich).
If you want to learn more about me and our judicial system, watch my short campaign videos on YouTube:
- I explain that the Hennepin County District Court is much more than a criminal court, and Hennepin County District Judges must know much more than criminal law.
- I explain how we pick judges in Minnesota.
- If you’d rather read than watch a video, I explain the judicial-selection process in a brief article on this website.
- I discuss the relationship between politics and judging.
- I explain that I’m the right age to be a judge.