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Candidate for Hennepin County commissioner is jailed, charged with assault; accuser speaks out

Marisa Simonetti, a candidate for Hennepin County commissioner in the west metro, spent the weekend in jail on an assault allegation from someone who lived with her in Edina.

Simonetti, 30, was booked into the Hennepin County jail late Friday afternoon and appeared in court Monday to answer to a misdemeanor count of fifth-degree assault. She was released Monday morning without bail but under the condition that she not have contact with her accuser.

Simonetti is the Republican candidate for Hennepin County Board in District 6, which covers cities including Edina, Hopkins, Mound, Minnetonka, Wayzata, Long Lake, Shorewood and the northern portion of Eden Prairie. She said Monday she is not dropping out of the race.


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