It's official: Dave Hutch will be the next Hennepin County Sheriff

The election result was finally certified on Tuesday.
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It's official, the next Hennepin County Sheriff will be Dave "Hutch" Hutchinson.

It's taken a week for the result to be certified, but this finally happened on Tuesday, with an announcement made after the Hennepin County Canvassing Board met on Tuesday morning.

Incumbent Sheriff Rich Stanek had not conceded the race in the days after the election, choosing instead to wait until they had been officially certified.

That has now happened, with Stanek congratulating Hutch on his win and reaching out to discuss the transition.

"It is a great honor to serve alongside the dedicated men and women in the Sheriff’s Office, and I look forward to continuing my service to the residents of the county until my term expires," Stanek said in a news release.

The DFL-endorsed Hutch becomes the first openly gay sheriff in the Midwest, running his campaign on increasing transparency within the sheriff's office, as well as offering more support for the county's immigrant and indigenous communities, and promising to "re-think" how the sheriff's office works with ICE.

On his Facebook page Sunday, Hutch said it still feels weird to call himself the Sheriff-elect, after thanking his supporters.

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"Our success in this campaign is 100% our volunteers and supporters hard work. I am blessed to have such great friends and family. Thank you!"

The margin of victory was razor-thin, with Hutch – a 12-year veteran of Metro Transit police – winning by 0.44 percent, or 2,340 votes.

The Sheriff's Office says its service will be "seamless" during the transition.

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