DFL Doesn't Settle on Minneapolis Mayoral Endorsement at its Convention

July 09, 2017 09:15 AM

On Saturday, the Minneapolis Democratic-Farmer-Labor-Party Convention was held at the Minneapolis Convention Center downtown. However, after hours of debate a discussion, the party could not decide on a candidate to endorse for mayor.

Frank Brown is a DFL delegate who resides in North Minneapolis. He said he is backing Mayor Betsy Hodges because she has made several positive changes throughout the city. 


"When she first got into office she put cameras on the police and that is important in my community because I live in North Minneapolis," Brown said. 

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He is also the owner of Minuteman Press in Uptown and respects Hodge's support to raise minimum wage. 

"The fact that she helped support the $15 minimum wage and pushed for sick and vacation time shows room for growth in our community," Brown said. 

Several delegates were undecided on which mayoral candidate they're interested in. That list includes: Hodges, Raymond Dehn, Aswar Rahman, Jacob Frey, Tom Hoch, Jeffery Sterling Olson, Al Flowers, Nekima Levy-Pounds and Captain Jack Sparrow. 

Andrew Yong from Minneapolis said the candidate that wins his vote must be vocal on platforms that concern him. He said he has been reading policies from Raymond Dehn and Tom Hoch who seem to demonstrate good ideas. 

"I'm really interested in equity, police reform, racial justice, affordable housing and homelessness," Yong said. 

Sara Miele is a DFL delegate who is backing mayoral candidate Jacob Frey. She said she fully supports his policy on transit. 

"He also pushes for low income housing downtown where I live, and I think that's good to create more diverse communities," she said. 

Lara Sumpter, a DFL delegate from North Minneapolis said mayoral candidate Al Flowers is also pushing for diverse communities and youth empowerment.

"There's a lot of candidates and each one is different, but I think we all have a reason why one means more to us than another," Sumpter said. 


Cleo Greene

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