MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (WJLA/AP) - Several thousand people are expected to protest when the Minnesota Vikings play the Washington Redskins in an NFL game at the University of Minnesota on Sunday because they believe the "Redskins" name is racist.
Ahead of that protest, the Hennepin County Board has adopted a resolution on a 6-1 vote calling on Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change the team's name.
Minnesota Republican candidate for governor Jeff Johnson cast the lone "no" vote. He said he understands people are upset about the name "Redskins" but didn't believe it was the board's role to get involved in the debate over the team's name.
Several other board members objected to Johnson's stance. They said county government has a role in sending a message to Snyder.