Minneapolis Mayoral Candidate Rahman Bows Out, Endorses Frey

Aswar Rahman Photo: DFL
Aswar Rahman

November 03, 2017 04:36 PM

Aswar Rahman, who had been a candidate for Minneapolis mayor, announced Thursday he has dropped out of the race and thrown his support behind Council Member Jacob Frey.

In announcing the decision on his website, Rahman said Frey "is the only (candidate) with a coherent, specific vision for our city." 


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Rahman touted his campaign's push to cut through the phony political rhetoric that he says pervades city government while calling out the hypocrisy of "self-interested politicians who speak in soft tones to cloak dark motives ...."

He said his decision was based in part on the fact his campaign has been outspent 100 to one, out-organized and out-strategized. Though he said campaign activities in the spring and summer were successful before fizzling out in August. 

In backing Frey, Rahman envisions an R.T. Rybak-like champion of the city. On policy and politics, he specifically mentions Frey's affordable housing plans, strategy to combat violent crime and his ability to build alliances.  

He said Frey, a long-distance runner, approaches challenges from a perspective of "endurance, longevity, energy." 

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Rahman was born in Bangladesh and came to the U.S. at 6 years old. He grew up largely in northeast and north Minneapolis, graduated from the University of Minnesota at 19, started a local film studio and currently runs his own web development firm, according to his website. 


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