Andrew, Hodges roping in endorsements before convention

On the eve of the DFL convention, mayoral candidates Mark Andrew and Betsy Hodges are touting several high profile endorsements from leaders and organizations.

Both candidates are hitting social media hard today to promote those endorsements in hopes of swaying undecided DFL delegates before they cast ballots for candidates tomorrow.

Andrew, a former Hennepin County commissioner, announced today he has the backing of Tom Hoch, president of Hennepin Theater Trust. Yesterday he got the support of Tina Flint Smith, who is Gov. Mark Dayton’s chief of staff.

Both Hoch and Flint Smith had dipped their toes in the race, but decided not to run.

Hodges, a City Council member from Ward 13, announced earlier this week the backing of the Sierra Club and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.

Andrew and Hodges have led the six-candidate DFL field in endorsements heading into the convention.

Andrew also has the backing of former Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher; Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman; Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin; the Minneapolis Building and Trades Council; Stonewall DFL; Minnesota Young DFL; the local electrical workers union and a score of local elected officials like state legislators Jim Davnie and Phyllis Kahn, Park Board commissioners Scott Vreeland, Carol Kummer and Anita Tabb and four school board members, among others.

Hodges has the backing of Women Winning; the SEIU; the DFL African-American and Latino caucuses; State Sen. Scott Dibble; state reps. Susan Allen, Frank Hornstein and Jean Wagenius; Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman, Park Board Commissioner Brad Bourn and City Council Member John Quincy, among others.

Gary Schiff, a City Council member from Ward 9, has the backing of the local firefighters union; State Rep. Karen Clark, former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and 150 small business owners, among others. 

Former City Council Member Jackie Cherryhomes has endorsements from former Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton; the DFL African American Caucus; Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins; Park Board Commissioner Jon Olson and State Sen. Bobby Jo Champion.

City Council Member Don Samuels of Ward 5 has the backing of former Police Chief Tom Dolan and Civil Rights Department Director Velma Korbel.