Meet Mark


Born and raised in Hennepin County, I have spent the last 15 years working to make our communities safe, more equitable, and more just.

Growing up in Brooklyn Center my mom, a widowed and single parent, worked long hours in several low wage jobs to provide for my siblings and me. I went down a few wrong paths as a young person but was lucky to find some mentors and then the Boy Scouts that helped me find direction. I became an Eagle Scout and wilderness guide and am still a scout leader and outdoors enthusiast. I had the privilege to become the first in my family to go to college.

Before becoming an attorney, I was a Coast Guard law enforcement officer, teacher, and a youth advocate. I saw our justice system failing the most vulnerable in our community, and felt driven to focus my  energies and expertise on law and criminal justice policy. 

I co-founded the Second Chance Coalition, worked for years at the Council on Crime and Justice, led bipartisan efforts to reform drug sentencing and juvenile records laws, worked to restore voting rights for former offenders, and was a leader on the Ban the Box campaign.

From representing the State in felony sentencing hearings, to managing programs for victims of crime, I learned that we can only be safe when we have real justice for all Minnesotans not just some of us. I’m a proud veteran, father, attorney, and advocate. I’m running for County Attorney because we’re at a real crisis point in our justice system, and I know that better policy decisions lead to better outcomes for everyone.

I'd be honored to earn your vote on November 6th. I'd love to hear more from you about issues that are important in this race. My cell is 612-819-0738 and my email is mahaase@gmail.com.

Let's build a better justice system for everyone in Hennepin County, 

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