Audit Committee member announces mayoral bid

Stephanie Woodruff, a mayoral appointee to the city’s new Audit Committee, is the latest DFL candidate to join the race for mayor.

Woodruff, 48, is not seeking the DFL endorsement, however. She said she believes it’s a waste of time and caters to a small group of people within the party with special interests.  

Six other mayoral candidates are vying for the endorsement. Delegates will meet June 15 at the Minneapolis Convention Center for the DFL City Contention to vote whether to endorse someone for the mayor’s race.

Woodruff, an executive at recruiting and staffing company Search Leaders and part owner of AverQ, a California-based company that develops auditing software, plans to launch her mayoral campaign June 21 at the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis.

The Whittier neighborhood resident said her professional background and “exposure to the city’s inner workings” make her a strong candidate.

In a letter she posted on her campaign website, she wrote: “The anti-incumbent momentum is a clear sign that the hard working people of Minneapolis are ready for a change.  Oh, and yes, I’m a Democrat, who can appreciate the values of the DFL Party. I’ve lived those values — I’m a woman who believes in her right to chose, I’m a lesbian who believes in equal rights, and, I’m a small business owner who didn’t get a bailout during the recession.  I’m also an independent and fiscally responsible thinker, who believes we need to stop spending, and start investing in a bright future.”