More Democrats line up to challenge Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges

Betsy Hodges was elected as a Democrat. All three people that have said they'll run against her in 2017 are also doing so as Democrats.
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Besty Hodges is going to run for mayor of Minneapolis again, with her first term set to end after the 2017 election.

But the DFLer will have at least three opponents – and all of them are challenges from her own side of the aisle.

Raymond Dehn, a state lawmaker who represents north and downtown Minneapolis, announced Wednesday he'll run for mayor of the city.

"As your mayor, my goal will be to build a city that works for everyone. To do so, I am making you a simple promise: to proactively engage people of all colors, faiths, incomes and backgrounds – in times of high spirits, in times of frustration, and in times of sorrow," his announcement says.

He was elected to the state's House in 2012, grew up in Brooklyn park, and in 2002 volunteered for Paul Wellstone's campaign, his bio says. The Star Tribune also talks about his struggle with drugs as a teenager – and how he overcame it.

Also running is Aswar Rahman, a Bangladesh-born, Minneapolis-raised user interface designer and filmmaker. He worked under former mayor R.T. Rybak in a couple youth-connection positions, and is running on a platform of ending "overtaxation" in the city.

They're joined by law professor and former local NAACP leader Nekima Levy-Pounds, who last month announced she will run for mayor of Minneapolis.

Then there's Minneapolis City Council member Jacob Frey – who sent out this message Wednesday that sounds like he'll make an announcement Jan. 3 that he's running for mayor. But on Twitter would only say people should "come on out on Jan. 3!" He's run as a Democrat previously.

All want to be the DFL candidate

Dehn, Rahman and Levy-Pounds are all trying to win the DFL Party's endorsement, according to the Minneapolis DFL website. Which as mentioned above is Hodges' party.

The mayor in 2014 laid out a vision that sounds pretty similar to Dehn's: where racial equity gaps are eliminated, communities across the city grow equally, and things run smoothly for all residents, not just those in certain neighborhoods.

But Hodges has been criticized by some for what they see as a lack of progress with racial inequality and police accountability. It was especially pronounced after the shooting of Jamar Clark in November of 2015.

Minneapolis residents will vote for the next mayor on Nov. 7, 2017. Those are just local elections – no state or U.S. senators or representatives.

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