Minneapolis mayoral hopefuls joust before DFL meets

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Six DFL candidates for mayor in Minneapolis met for one final debate Tuesday before the Minneapolis DFL meets Saturday in an effort to choose a candidate to endorse.

MPR hosted the debate, and carried it live.

The Minneapolis DFL will try to choose this year’s mayoral standard-bearer at its convention on Saturday, although as MPR notes, the party has a history of not endorsing a Minneapolis mayoral candidate.

Up to 1,780 delegates this weekend will take at least five votes on the endorsement and winning the endorsement requires a 60 percent super majority, MPR reports.

Only council member Gary Schiff and former Hennepin County Board Chair Mark Andrew have promised to bow out if another candidate wins the DFL endorsement, MPR reports.

The other candidates: Minneapolis City Council members Betsy Hodges and Don Samuels, former Council President Jackie Cherryhomes, and special education teacher Jim Thomas.

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