Three City Council members endorse Andrew for mayor

Mark Andrew has announced City Council Members Lisa Goodman, Kevin Reich and Sandy Colvin Roy have endorsed his bid for mayor.

Andrew said he’s honored to have their support. “They join a broad coalition of elected leaders who share my vision for Minneapolis, and believe that together we can make our great city great for everyone,” he said. 

Colvin Roy (12th Ward) will be stepping down from the Council at the end of the year. Goodman (7th Ward) and Reich (1st Ward) are running for re-election and aren’t facing serious challengers. 

Mayoral candidate and City Council Member Betsy Hodges (13th Ward), meanwhile, has been officially endorsed by two of her 12 Council colleagues — Gary Schiff (9th Ward) and John Quincy (11th Ward).

Schiff threw his support behind Hodges at the DFL City Convention in June when he trailed her and Andrew in delegate support for the party’s endorsement for the mayor’s race. He also announced via Twitter recently that he plans to vote for Cam Winton, an independent, as one of his top three votes. 

Council Member and mayoral candidate Don Samuels (5th Ward) hasn’t announced any endorsements from Council members to date.

City Council President Barb Johnson told the Journal she won’t be endorsing a candidate for mayor. “I have a Council race to win,” she said.

Meg Tuthill (10th Ward) and City Council Vice President Robert Lilligren (6th Ward) also said they plan to stay out of the mayor’s race. 

Council Members Cam Gordon (2nd Ward), Diane Hofstede (3rd Ward) and Elizabeth Glidden (8th Ward) haven’t responded to questions from the Journal about whether they plan to endorse one of the mayoral candidates.

Mayor R.T. Rybak has also been quiet about who he plans to vote for to succeed him in his job.