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Fogarty announces bid for county commissioner's seat

Christy Jo Fogarty, a nine-year member of the Farmington City Council, has announced plans to seek the Dakota County Commissioner seat being vacated next year by current commissioner Joe Harris.

Harris has announced he will not seek reelection after 32 years on the commission.

Fogarty has lived in Farmington for more than 12 years and in addition to her time on the city council has served on a number of boards and commissions. She has been a member of the Castle Rock Planning Group and the Empire-Farmington Planning Committee, the Vermillion River Watershed Planning Committee and the Farmington Dew Days Committee. In 2009, Governor Tim Pawlenty appointed her to serve on the state Board of Water and Soil Resources.

"Whoever replaces Member Harris on the board needs to have a good understanding of both the watershed and the larger issues of soil and water, as these are very important to not only the townships but the cities of Dakota County," Fogarty said.

In a statement released this week, Fogarty said she chose to run because she wants to serve the community on a broader level and "ensure Dakota County has a bright future."

Fogarty and her husband, Steve, have three children who have attended school at Boeckman Middle School and Farmington High School. She is chair of the Farmington Miss, Junior Miss and Little Miss Pageant and volunteers with Toys for Town, the FHS varsity cheer team, the FHS dance team and the Farmington Youth Hockey Association.

Fogarty worked as a dental hygienist at the New Art of Dentistry in Hastings until 2011, when she finished graduate school and became one of the first dental therapists in the country.