Author Archives: Brian Hagerty

Representative Karen Clark (District 62A) endorses Brian!

I am honored and grateful to have the support of Representative Karen Clark (District 62A) in my race for district judge. We had a great time visiting National Night Out block parties together on Tuesday, August 5th. Representative Clark has served the people of Minneapolis in the legislature since 1980.

Rep. Karen Clark and Brian Hagerty

Rep. Karen Clark and Brian Hagerty

 

City Council Member Andrew Johnson endorses Brian!

I am honored and grateful to have the support of Minneapolis City Council Member Andrew Johnson, who represents Ward 12 (where I live). As of today, that makes two members of the Minneapolis City Council who have endorsed me: Andrew Johnson and Blong Yang. They were kind enough to pose for this photo in front of City Hall. Bronze Hubert Humphrey—who has not endorsed me (yet!)—is watching over us.

Brian, Andrew Johnson, and Blong Yang outside City Hall

Brian, Andrew Johnson, and Blong Yang outside City Hall

Minneapolis City Council Member Blong Yang (Ward 5) endorses Brian!

I am delighted to announce that I’ve been endorsed by City Council Member Blong Yang, who represents Ward 5 (North Minneapolis). Blong is a dedicated public servant and an experienced attorney. He is also the first Hmong-American elected to the Minneapolis City Council. I like to think that Hubert Humphrey (the bronze statute behind us) would approve.

Blong Yang and Brian Hagerty outside City Hall

Blong Yang and Brian Hagerty outside City Hall

 

Senator Ann Rest (District 45) endorses Brian!

I had a terrific meeting with Senator Ann Rest this morning, and I am excited to announce that she has endorsed me in my race for Hennepin County District Judge. Senator Rest is deeply committed to maintaining Minnesota’s tradition of an impartial, nonpartisan judiciary.

Brian and Senator Ann Rest

Brian and Senator Ann Rest

Representative Susan Allen (District 62B) endorses Brian!

I am delighted to announce that Representative Susan Allen has endorsed me in my race for Hennepin County District Judge.

Representative Susan Allen (District 62B)

Representative Susan Allen (District 62B)

As an attorney as well as a legislator, Representative Allen understands the importance of having competent, impartial judges. I am committed to ensuring that everyone who comes before me is treated fairly and with the respect that all of us, as human beings, are entitled to.

The first campaign video is up!

It took a surprising amount of work, but the first short campaign video is now on YouTube. I’ve posted a complete transcript below. Let me know what you think by commenting below, on YouTube, or on Facebook.

Video transcript

Hello. I’m Brian Hagerty, and I’m running for Hennepin County District Judge.

Folks often ask me about my judicial philosophy. Typically, they want to know whether, as a judge, I’ll decide cases like a liberal or like a conservative. My answer is “Neither.”

If a judge’s personal politics show through in that judge’s work, then the judge is doing it wrong. A judge’s personal politics come into play if the judge is results-oriented—in other words, if the judge asks in each case, “Who should win,” and then reasons backwards.

But the best judges are not results-oriented. The best judges ask in each case, “What’s the right answer?” And the best judges reach that right answer even if they don’t personally like it.

This judicial mindset is very different from the mindset of a typical lawyer. A lawyer’s job is not to find the right answer—it’s to be an advocate for the result that serves their client. And new judges often remark on the challenge of switching from the mindset of an advocate to the mindset of a judge.

I don’t face that challenge, because I’ve spent virtually my entire legal career working for judges. I’ve been approaching cases from an impartial, non-results-oriented perspective for close to ten years. And I am looking forward to putting my experience to work for the people of Hennepin County as a district judge.

Please visit my website for more information. And please vote in the primary on Tuesday, August 12th, and in the general election on Tuesday, November 4th.

Thanks very much for watching.