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Minneapolis mayoral candidates tout endorsements

Six DFL contenders and one independent list their supporters.

Mark Andrew, Jackie Cherryhomes, Betsy Hodges, Don Samuels, Gary Schiff, Jim Thomas, Cam Winton
MinnPost photos by Karen Boros

In recent weeks, Minneapolis mayoral candidates have been busy touting endorsements and highlighting shows of support before Saturday’s DFL convention.

We asked each of the seven candidates to share some of their endorsements. Several of them list additional supporters on their campaign sites.

Here are the lists by candidate:

Mark Andrew

Groups: Minneapolis Building Trades Council, Minnesota Young DFL (MYDFL), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers — Local 292, Stonewall DFL — The LGBT Caucus of the DFL and Teamster Joint Council 32.

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Individuals: They include Ambassador Sam and Sylvia Kaplan, former House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, Minneapolis School Board members Alberto Monserrate, Kim Ellison, Richard Mammen and Rebecca Gagnon. The campaign also lists more than 40 other citizen endorsements, including Hennepin County Board Member Peter McLaughlin, state Reps. Jim Davnie, Phyllis Kahn and Cara Letofsky and six former legislators.

Jackie Cherryhomes

Groups: The DFL African American Caucus.

Individuals: They include Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins, Minneapolis Park Board Commissioner Jon Olson, Sen. Bobby Joe Champion, former Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton, Kathleen O’Brien, former Council Member Joan Campbell, Carol Flynn, Stephen Grisham, the Rev. Randolph Statten, Tony Scallon and William English.

Betsy Hodges

Groups: Womenwinning, Service Employees International Union-Minnesota State Council, DFL Latino Caucus, DFL African-American Caucus and Sierra Club North Star Chapter.

Individuals: They include Sen. Scott Dibble, Dr. Josie Johnson, Rep. Jean Wagenius, Rep. Susan Allen, Rep. Frank Hornstein, Council Member John Quincy, Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, and national author Van Jones. The campaign also lists more than a dozen other citizen endorsements, including three former School Board members and two members of the Metro Council.

Don Samuels

Individuals: former Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan; Velma Korbel, director of Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights; Sondra Samuels, CEO, Northside Achievement Zone; Eric Mahmoud, founder and president, Harvest Prep Academy; Farhiyo Khalif, Somali entrepreneur; Zubah Kpanaku, chairman, Organization of Liberians in Minnesota;
Pastor Harding Smith, Spiritual Church of God; Xang Vang, executive director, Hmong American Mutual Assistance Association; Josh Thoma, owner of Smack Shack; Brian Davis, owner of Old School Barbers; Ed Engle, owner of Ambassador Press; and Sherman Patterson Jr., mayoral public safety aide.

Gary Schiff

Groups: Minneapolis Fire Fighters Local 82, International Association of Fire Fighters Local S-6 (Airport Fire Fighters), Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, Minnesota Asian Indian Democratic Association DFL Caucus (MAIDA), Minnesota Daily Editorial Board; plus endorsement from more than 150 Minneapolis small-business owners.

Individuals: They include state Rep. Karen Clark; Bill Ziegler, president and CEO of Little Earth of United Tribes;  Siad Ali of Sen. Klobuchar’s office; Yemane Mebrahtu, president of the Minneapolis Taxicab Drivers and Owners Association; Iidi Ali, vice president of the Minneapolis Taxicab Drivers and Owners Association; and  Mohamud Noor, former state Senate candidate.

Jim Thomas

Individuals: Nahid Abuelhassan, attorney; Mohammed Abdelkhalig, journalist; Tarek Abdelkhalig, student at the Carlson School of Management; Deborah Anderson, social worker; John Ayling, Columbia University MBA graduate; Gene Christensen, clerk; Shirley Doyle, photographer; Abdilahi Hassan, Somali interpreter; teachers Venke Hauge and Nolan Murphy; Kassim Osman, Somali interpreter; former MFT 59 President Rob Panning-Miller; education activist Val Rittler; and Ann Ulring, consultant.

Cam Winton

Individuals: Ashwin Madia, former DFL-endorsed candidate for 3rd District Congress; Dennis Schulstad, former City Council member and retired Air Force brigadier general; William Manning, attorney at Robin, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi; Steve Imholte, Independence Party; Bob Ulrich, former CEO, Target Corp.; Ron Schultz, attorney, RKM&C; Dan Rosen and Andrew Parker, attorneys, Parker and Rosen; Rachel Osband, attorney and DFLer; Ryan Mallery, attorney and GOP member; and Betsy Whitbeck, former Independence Party candidate.