Farmington’s Fogarty considering County Board

Christy Jo Fogarty

Fogarty to announce decision within a week or two

by Laura Adelmann
Thisweek Newspapers

Farmington City Council Member Christy Jo Fogarty confirmed rumors that she is considering running for the Dakota County Board of Commissioners in 2012.

She expects to make an announcement about her candidacy within a week or two.

In an interview Monday, Fogarty said she is discussing the possibility of running to represent District 1 at the county level, a seat that Commissioner Joe Harris has held since 1980.

Harris, 56, announced in July he would not seek another term in office.

Fogarty said she is interested in serving the greater community and has been receiving encouragement by others to run.

“A lot of people think that it’s time someone from Farmington should represent this district,” Fogarty said.

She said nothing has been lacking on Harris’ part, but residents have told her they would like to make sure the next commissioner is familiar with issues faced by growing cities.

Fogarty said people are concerned that townships also are well represented at the county level.

Fogarty said she has served on common boards with Farmington, Empire and Castle Rock Townships and has a strong understanding of the kind of concerns they face.

“People are telling me they think I’ve done a great job on the City Council and they’d love to see that brought to the county level,”Fogarty said.

Fogarty has sought higher office in the past. She lost to Patrick Garofalo for the 2004 Republican endorsement for Minnesota House, and last year she came in second against Lakevile’s David Thompson for the Republican nomination for the Minnesota Senate.

A few months ago, Hastings City Council Member Mike Slavik announced he would also seek the District 1 seat.

Laura Adelmann is at laura.adelmann@ecm-inc.com.

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