In 2018, Commissioners Angela Conley and Irene Fernando made history as the first persons of color elected to the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners. It was only 13 years earlier, in 2005, that Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter became the first African American ever elected to a county board in the state of Minnesota.
Since then, Commissioner Carter has been re-elected to the board five times. She uses her platform to boldly advocate for those historically excluded from the political process and to assure that county government works for all people and that it reflects the people it serves. We were honored to speak with Commissioner Carter about her work to protect reproductive rights at the local level and how policy discussions change when women are at the table.