Antolak on ballot for Hennepin County Judgeship

A longtime Hennepin County prosecutor and veteran business attorney will vie for a Hennepin County judgeship this fall. Elizabeth Cutter and Steven Antolak handily won Hennepin County’s Judicial Primary in August and will advance to the General Election Tuesday Nov. 6.

They defeated two other veteran Hennepin County prosecutors, including Deborah Russell, who successfully prosecuted Amy Senser and Diane Krenz. Russell received 18 percent of the vote, while Krenz, of the community prosecution division, received 17 percent.

Steven Antolak
Steven Antolak

Antolak, a onetime Assistant County Attorney and commercial litigator, now runs a solo practice. He was elected to the ISD 279 Osseo Area Schools School Board in 2006 and served on the Intermediate District 287 School Board from 2006 through 2010. He has also served on a number of volunteer citizen commissions, including the Brooklyn Park Human Rights Commission, the Brooklyn Park Planning Commission, and the Hennepin County Solid Waste Citizens Advisory Commission.

Antolak and his wife, Joni, have been married for 26 years and are the parents of one son. The Antolaks are lifelong residents of Hennepin County and have lived in Brooklyn Park since 1990.

Antolak is a graduate of University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts with an associate in liberal arts and a bachelor of arts in economics and earned his juris doctor degree from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.

He was a law clerk for the Ramsey County District Court from 1980-1982. He worked for the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office from 1982 through 1987 and has been engaged in the private

Cutter and Antolak will race for the seat left open when longtime Judge Deborah Hedlund retired after

Information about the candidate will be available on his website at