Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates Talk GLBT Issues; Andrew Wins Stonewall Endorsement

Minneapolis mayoral candidates who would like the backing of the Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) Party sought the support of the party’s gay, lesbian and bi-sexual community Wednesday night.

The Stonewall DFL caucus hosted a mayoral forum with the DFL candidates for mayor. The theme of the forum, held at All God’s Children Metropolitan Community Church, was issues facing lesbians, gays, bi-sexuals and transgendered.

The Stonewall caucus is organized around LGBT issues and plans to endorse one of the Democratic candidates. The city’s DFL Party plans to endorse one of the candidates at its June 15th convention. However, most of the candidates running for the DFL endorsement have said they will continue to run in the Nov. 5 general election even if they do not get the endorsement. There is no primary election because Minneapolis uses Ranked Choice Voting, which allows people to vote for their top three choices in order of preference (a proposal to expand the number of choices to six is still under consideration).

More than a half-dozen candidates for mayor have declared since three-term incumbent R.T. Rybak decided not to seek a fourth term. The Democrats expected at tonight’s forum include Mark Andrew, Jackie Cherryhomes, Betsy Hodges, Don Samuels, Gary Schiff and Jim Thomas. A Republican who is running as an independent, Cam Winton, is also in the race.

UpDate: The Stonewall DFL Caucus endorsed Mark Andrew on June 2.

To read our live blog and watch the debate at the same time click here.


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