Meet the Hennepin County Attorney candidate: Martha Holton Dimick

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Martha Holton Dimick was appointed a Hennepin County prosecutor in 1999, when Minneapolis was trying to get rid of its “Murderapolis”. She was also the first community prosecutor to deal with violent crime in Minneapolis.


Dimick stated that the city had recorded 45 homicides in that year. However, it was down to 25 a decade later.


Dimick stated that he knew we could do it again.


Dimick, now 68, lives in Minneapolis. She was a Milwaukee native who moved to Minneapolis to start her legal career. She worked for several firms. Later, she was hired by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, which was then headed by Amy Klobuchar. She went on to become Minneapolis’ deputy mayor attorney. She was also a teacher at Mitchell Hamline College of Law for many years.


Governor. Mark Dayton named Dimick as a judge for the Fourth Judicial District.


Dimick resigned from the bench to run as Hennepin County attorney. She said that her connections are still there and that they would be a boon to residents who want results in the form increased public safety or greater accountability for police officers if she is elected.


Dimick stated that he is not a member of the judge’s club but can still call many colleagues at Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, as well as colleagues on the bench or county commissioners. “I know the county board administrator and I know probation officers. Because they know me, the entire county attorney’s office supports me .”


Dimick’s plan to reduce the number of murders in the county is meant to send a strong signal: “Violent criminals are going to be prosecuted.”


Dimick stated that the span style=”font weight: 400 I believe that when we had the ballot question to ‘dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department’ and the Minneapolis City Council members came on stage with the big sign that read ‘defund’, that was a horrible message.” You will notice an increase in crime. This is not due to COVID. It was also because of the message and other messages associated with the ballot question. I voted “No.” Most of my Northside neighbors pushed for that result to “No” because they need police. We are the ones who go through all the homicides .”


Dimick stated that Minneapolis is not the only city experiencing an increase in crime like carjackings or burglaries. She believes that if crime is stopped in Minneapolis, it will stop spreading to the suburbs.


Dimick supports criminal justice reform, such as ensuring judges make equal and consistent decisions for everyone. However, she stated that mass incarceration is a concern that is overblown.


Dimick stated that there are many people shouting about the high incarceration rate. “Not in Minnesota. They refer to other areas in the country .”

Dimick noted that Minnesota has the fourth-lowest incarceration rates of all U.S. States and that those who are sent to prison in Minnesota belong there. Dimick, who supports abortion rights said that she would not prosecute cases involving abortion.


span style=”font weight: 400 Violent, repeat offenders are dangerous. Dimick stated that they belong in prison.


Dimick stated that police reform should also be a priority. She stated that she has heard from people outside of Minneapolis who love the police and are upset at the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), for making their officers look bad.


Dimick stated that MPD has a “broken internal culture” and that MPD needs to focus on training provided by outside entities. While she acknowledges that the department must hire more officers she stated that she would like the city to specifically state that they want officers of color.


Dimick stated that span style=”font weight: 400 ;”>” Why can’t they tell that?” “Make them feel like you want .”

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