Sunday, April 14, 2013
Mark Andrew is one of six announced candidates vying for R.T. Rybak's seat this November.
Mark Andrew's bid for mayor of Minneapolis was endorsed by the Minneapolis Building Trades Friday. According to a campaign press release, the Minneapolis Building Trades said: “Today our 25 affiliate Locals and our 13,000 members are proud to be endorsing Mark Andrew for Minneapolis Mayor. We endorsed Mark because he has what it takes to lead all of Minneapolis and help write the next best chapter of our city. The reasons we endorsed Mark are numerous but the quality that sticks out the most is that Mark is a bold, innovative leader who has a vision for our city. Mark has proven his ability to make big visions reality. "Mark Andrew is a bridge-builder literally and figuratively. He had the vision for the Hennepin Avenue Bridge and the …
Friday, April 5, 2013
The Ward 13 city council member from Southwest Minneapolis packed Honey the night before a mayoral candidate forum.
See photos and tweets from Ward 13 City Council Member Betsy Hodges' mayoral campaign launch party Tuesday in the Storify window above or at Storify.com. On the following night, Hodges and other mayoral candidates participated at a forum at Solomon's Porch (see video replay courtesy of The UpTake).
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The DFL African-American Caucus is among the new endorsers.
As Betsy Hodges prepared to officially announce her run for mayor Tuesday night, some stepped forward to show their support for her campaign. Hodges, a Minneapolis City Council member, picked up a handful of endorsements Monday from the DFL African-American Caucus, activist Ben Goldfarb, former school board chair Tom Madden, and author Laura Waterman Wittstoc. According to a campaign press release, the following is what each endorser had to say about Hodges: Goldfarb: "I've worked on progressive causes with Betsy Hodges for nearly 15 years and have watched with awe as she's stood up every single day to make Minneapolis a better place. ... She shares my conviction that politics is about the improvement of peoples' lives and she always puts …
Monday, April 1, 2013
The Ward 13 Council Member representing Southwest Minneapolis will officially announce her mayoral campaign on April 2, 2013 at Honey Lounge.
Minneapolis City Council Member Betsy Hodges, who represents Ward 13 in Southwest Minneapolis, will officially launch her run for mayor on Tuesday, according to a her campaign website. Hodges will make her campaign official with an announcement event on April 2, 2013, at 6 p.m., at Honey, 205 E. Hennepin Ave. Her campaign posted a video on YouTube about the announcement on March 26: "So I guess people know by now that I'm running for mayor. Which is kind of remarkable because I haven't actually announced that I'm running for mayor. I mean, I sent out an announcement. I just haven't made an announcement. Today I have an announcement that I will be making an announcement that I'm running for mayor. Got that? Big event, big speech. All your …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Cam Winton of Southwest Minneapolis objected to being left out of the all-DFL debate at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute.
Who will be the next mayor of Minneapolis? Some of the people who want the job participated in a debate at the University of Minnesota Wednesday, including Ward 13 City Council Member Betsy Hodges, who represents Southwest Minneapolis. Sharing the stage with Hodges at the U of M's Humphrey Institute were former City Council President Jackie Cherryhomes, current City Council Members Don Samuels and Gary Schiff, and former Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Andrew. See the full debate on video above courtesy of The UpTake, or watch it at the UpTake's website. Not included was candidate Cam Winton, also from Southwest Minneapolis, who issued a statement to protest that the university had invited only DFL Party candidates. Here is Winton's full…
Friday, March 22, 2013
The endorsements follow announcement by rival Matt Perry of officeholders' support.
Minneapolis Firefighters Local 82 and the organization Women Winning have endorsed Linea Palmisano in the race to fill Betsy Hodges' seat as Ward 13 representative on the Minneapolis City Council. "I am pleased to announce that I have been endorsed by the Minneapolis Firefighters!" Palmisano wrote on her campaign's Facebook page Wednesday. Women Winning's committee vote was unanimous in support of Palmisano, according to her campaign's announcement. The announcement came after Matt Perry, Palmisano's DFL rival, said Tuesday he has the support of two city council members: Robert Lillegren and John Quincy. Hodges is running for mayor to replace R.T. Rybak, who is not seeking re-election. Backing by firefighters can mean money for a candidate…
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The Ward 13 city council member represents Southwest Minneapolis and is running for mayor. The Democratic women's group EMILY's List may make an endorsement in that race, Politico reported.
A woman running for mayor of Minneapolis could benefit from an endorsement from EMILY's List, a national Democratic women's organization, according to a story at Politico.com. Ward 3 City Council Member Betsy Hodges, who represents Southwest Minneapolis and is running for mayor this year, is one potential recipient of EMILY's List support. Another woman in the race is former city council president Jackie Cherryhomes. The article lists Seattle and Minneapolis as two cities where EMILY's List may wade into mayoral politics. The group has already endorsed women running for mayor in New York, Houston and Los Angeles this year. EMILY's List endorsements in Minnesota so far appear to have been mostly for state legislatorive candidates. In the …
Friday, December 28, 2012
Hodges is running for mayor.
Friday, a second person jumped into the race to succeed City Council Member Betsy Hodges (Ward 13). In an email to reporters, Linden Hills resident and community activist Linea Palmisano announced she was running for Hodges' seat. With Mayor RT Rybak's Thursday announcement that he would not run for a fourth term, Hodges confirmed she was planning to run for mayor in the city's 2013 elections. So far, only Palmisano and Nicollet-East Harriet Business Association leader Matt Perry have announced they would stand for the Ward 13 seat. Perry is an East Harriet resident. Most recently, Palmisano has been at the forefront of a group trying to get bicycle lanes installed in Linden Hills and Fulton. Neither neighborhood currently has any bike …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Mayor's decision triggers potential domino chain in city races.
Thursday afternoon, Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak formally announced he will not be seeking a fourth term, while declaring an ambitious agenda for his last year in office. “We will sprint across the finish line,” Rybak said in a statement emailed to reporters, “So fasten your seatbelts. This lame duck isn’t quacking yet.” Rybak's decision sets off a domino chain in city politics, freeing up several local greats to run for the city's top spot. Before Christmas, both City Council Member Betsy Hodges (Ward 13) and Minneapolis school board member Hussein Samatar (District 3) said they would run for mayor if Rybak didn't. Council Member Gary Schiff (Ward 9) had declared he would run regardless of Rybak's decision. Matt Perry, head of the Nicollet-…
Friday, December 7, 2012
Matt Perry is head of the Nicollet-East Harriet Business Association.
According to the Southwest Journal, East Harriet resident Matt Perry has filed papers to run for Minneapolis City Council's Ward 13 seat. Ward 13 covers most of Southwest Minneapolis. Perry told the Journal that he would only run if Ward 13's current City Council Member Betsy Hodges ran for mayor. Hodges has filed campaign finance paperwork to run for mayor, but publicly stated she will only run if Mayor RT Ryabk does not seek another term in 2013. Perry is best known as a prominent community activist and leader of the Nicollet-East Harriet Business Association (NEHBA), which represents storefronts and home-based businesses in Southwest Minneapolis between Interstate 35W and Penn Avenue South. Perry has also been a long-time observer of …