Gary Schiff bows out of mayoral race

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Schiff is throwing his support behind fellow councilmember Betsy Hodges.
Gary Schiff officially pulled out of the Minneapolis mayoral race Wednesday afternoon.

Schiff's announcement comes after a difficult weekend on the campaign trail. On the floor of the endorsement convention Saturday, the Minneapolis Fire Department pulled its support from Schiff, instead backing Mark Andrew. On Monday, Schiff's campaign manager told City Pages he would be leaving the campaign.

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Schiff is endorsing fellow City Councilmember Betsy Hodges, according to the Star Tribune. Following the announcement, Hodges quickly released a statement expressing gratitude for Schiff's support.

"I thank Gary for his unswerving commitment to the city of Minneapolis and congratulate him for running a strong campaign for mayor," she says in the statement. "I thank Gary for his support of my campaign and look forward to working together with him to build a progressive 21st Century City."



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8 comments
danalbertson
danalbertson

No one did more for Mpls then Gary Schiff. He had the endorsements from over 200 small businesses because he helped those on the neighborhood level. He truly understands what it takes for a city to thrive. I'm glad to have a clear second choice and that is Betsy Hodges. Thanks Gary!

minnejess
minnejess

This makes me really sad. Gary is one of my favorite City Council Members, and has repeatedly demonstrated an ability to make the right tough decisions in the interests of neighborhoods and kids. Nobody has gotten as much done as Gary has in his tenure.

yuppy
yuppy

For a moment i thought it said "blows out of the mayor race."

Melissa Summers
Melissa Summers

That's really too bad. I hope he stays on the council.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

Disappointing. I've been really impressed by his work so far.

scott.luse
scott.luse

" A strong campaign for Mayor ". Now that is funny Betsy. A hack politician that has to be in control. Have fun feeling really important and over estimating your value as a council member Gary.

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