Larry Fonnest for Golden Valley City CouncilLarry Fonnest, a 21 year Golden Valley resident, is seeking re-election to the Golden Valley City Council this November 7th.

His desire to serve has everything to do with getting things done for Golden Valley residents that will bring positive, long-term benefits. He has a demonstrated vision for ensuring a strong, vibrant future for Golden Valley and its neighborhoods.

Larry earned a B.A. in political science and an M.A. in public land management from the University of Minnesota. Over his career, he has worked management positions in the public, private and non-profit sectors and has managed budgets in excess of ten million dollars. Currently, he is a retired former business owner, having sold his successful venture in 2014.

Larry is a lifelong community advocate having served on numerous bodies including the boards of the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps, the Minnesota Office of Citizenship and Volunteer Services, and the Minnesota Commission on National and Community Service. He was a member of the steering committee for the Minnesota Alliance with Youth and has served on numerous Governor-appointed Blue Ribbon Commissions. Larry was also a fellow at the Institute for Renewing Community Leadership sponsored by Wilder Foundation, Minnesota Council on Foundations and the University of St. Thomas.

“I am committed to open, responsive, and accountable city government that encourages citizen participation. As your City Council member, I conduct neighborhood meetings and work to engage Golden Valley residents in the governance of our city.”

Larry lives in Golden Valley with his husband, Jim Nepp. Please visit other areas of this website to learn more about Larry, his many accomplishments, and his plans for the City of Golden Valley.


Larry Fonnest with his husband Jim Nepp

Current Community Involvement

Larry currently serves as liaison or as an active member of the following:

  • Bottineau Light Rail Transit Community Works Steering Committee
  • Golden Valley Business Council
  • Golden Valley Environmental Commission
  • Golden Valley Historical Society
  • Golden Valley Pride Committee
  • Government Alliance for Racial Equity
  • Hopkins School District 270 Caring Youth Committee
  • League of Minnesota Cities
  • Metro Cities
  • Robbinsdale School District 281 Government Advisory Committee
  • Sochacki Park Governance Policy Board
  • Twin West Chamber of Commerce