Minneapolis DFL does not endorse any candidate in city mayoral race – WCCO
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – On Thursday morning, the DFL party in Minneapolis announced that it would not approve any candidate in the city’s next mayoral race.
The Minneapolis DFL has announced that no candidate for mayor has met the 60% threshold needed to gain DFL approval.
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This is probably the best news for incumbent Mayor Jacob Frey, widely regarded as the most centrist candidate and the candidate least likely to be backed by delegates who tend to be much more progressive.
A progressive activist named Sheila Nezhad got 53.1% of the delegates, compared to 40.3% for Frey. It was a preferential ballot.
Gaining approval from the DFL would put a candidate on all the flyers that the DFL sends in the mail.
Nezhad has said she will not respect the approval, which means she will continue to run against Frey. Nezhad is in favor of eliminating the Minneapolis Police Department.
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Frey has been very clear since the fundraising movement first surfaced that he is not in favor of this.
The third place, Kate Knuth, also supported the creation of an alternative to the police service.
“We want to significantly expand the violence prevention office in our city and place the police, fire department and the violence prevention emergency management office under a unified command with civilian leadership,” Knuth said.
Knuth was close but still behind Nezhad when she was forced to give up. Most of its delegates went to Nezhad.
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The election for mayor of Minneapolis and other city offices is Nov. 2.