Mpls. Dem. Convention closes; no mayoral endorsement

10:59 AM, Jun 16, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Minneapolis Democrats sized up six candidates for mayor, but in the end no official endorsement was made.

Five ballots were cast at Saturday's Democratic Convention. In the end, former Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Andrew received the most votes, but came up short of the 60 percent need to earn the party's endorsement. Council member Betsy Hodges finished in second place.

The convention was the first big marker in a crowded mayoral race likely to stay that way through November. Because of the instant runoff voting process, which allows voters to choose more than one candidate by ranking them, there won't be a primary.

Incumbent R.T. Rybak isn't seeking a new term.

Others seeking the endorsement are: former City Council President Jackie Cherryhomes, teacher Jim Thomas and current City Council members Don Samuels and Gary Schiff.

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