Mayoral candidate Betsy Hodges touts livable city ‘for a lifetime’

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Hodges met with residents of Mount Olivet Careview Home in south Minneapolis on Monday.

Residents at Mount Olivet Careview Home in south Minneapolis got a sneak preview of the city’s Minneapolis for a Lifetime Plan from mayoral candidate and City Council Member Betsy Hodges.

Minneapolis Mayor's RaceThat plan is scheduled to be made public later this week at City Hall.

The goal of the program is to make sure there is suitable housing, transit options and affordable property taxes for those in all stages of their lives.

“If we’re going to make a city everybody can live in for a lifetime, we need to make sure we are building and growing for everybody,” said Hodges to a gathering of residents.

“We need to be able to live in the city without a car, we need to be able to get around,” said Hodges. “The transit system has to be strong and work for everyone.”

The residents listened attentively and applauded a few times. Hodges kept her remarks brief. Then it was time for questions.

The first question: What party are you from?

“I’m a Democrat,” said Hodges.

The second was a little touchy.  The resident wanted to know why Hodges had not been endorsed by the teachers union.

“There are some folks at the teacher’s union who aren’t big fans of mine, in part, because I have been open and want to make sure everybody is sitting at the table as we talk about education,” said Hodges. She told the group that while she does not have support from the union, there are teachers who support her candidacy.

And then came a dig at one of her opponents.

“I have an opponent who has said very different things to teachers and then said very different things to the [education] reform folks,” said Hodges. “I’m not going to do that.”

Mayoral candidate Mark Andrew has been endorsed by the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, which has as an affiliate member the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, Local 59. Andrew also has endorsement of five school board members, including board Chair Alberto Monserrate. There are currently eight members of the school board.

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