Frey Becomes First Labor-Endorsed Candidate in Race for Minneapolis Mayor

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS — Jacob Frey, a civil rights attorney and Minneapolis Council Member, became the first candidate to be endorsed by a labor organization in the race for mayor. On Wednesday, Teamsters Joint Council 32 announced they support Frey after screening the incumbent mayor and other candidates last week. The Joint Council is comprised of 13 local unions representing over 62,000 workers in Minnesota, including thousands in the city of Minneapolis.
“I believe a great city should be run well and for a purpose. To that our end, our campaign is bringing to together workers, business leaders, and citizens from all walks of life to create a better Minneapolis,” Frey said. “The Teamsters represent factory workers, taxi drivers, and municipal employees, among many other professions. I’m honored to have their support, and I will partner with these workers and others to ensure that everyone can benefit from the rise of our great city.”

“Jacob Frey understands the challenges working families face every day and will fight for the issues that are important to the thousands of active and retired Teamsters in the City of Minneapolis,” said Lawrence Yoswa, President of Teamsters Joint Council 32. “We will put boots on the ground and knuckles on the doors to do all we can to help Jacob.”

“Some people seem to just talk about the disparity of wages for communities of color. Jacob is a civil rights attorney, and we are confident that he will build strong relationships to put processes in motion to eradicate this disgusting and embarrassing statistic,” said Edward Reynoso, Political Director of Teamsters Joint Council 32.

Frey is running on a platform to strengthen our communities by fighting for more affordable housing, creating more safe and diverse neighborhoods, and fostering economic growth that benefits all Minneapolis residents.

Jacob Frey announces campaign for Mayor

Promises bright vision, present leadership for all of Minneapolis

January 3, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS—Minneapolis Councilmember Jacob Frey announced his candidacy for Mayor of Minneapolis at a rally with hundreds of supporters Tuesday night.

In announcing his candidacy, Frey recounted why he fell in love with Minneapolis: “I found a city with loving and compassionate people who care deeply about making their community a better place. I found a city with strong visionary leaders like R.T. Rybak. who were never content with modest, regional success. We can be great, he would say. We can be world class. And I believed it,” said Frey.

“We need a visible, present leader with a clear, bright vision to use the full power of the mayor’s office and get the job done,” Frey continued. “The bar is set too low. We don’t need to settle for simply defending our city against Donald Trump.”

“We can lead by example, facing the world hand in hand to declare that Minneapolis is a welcoming city where everyone can live in an affordable home in a safe and thriving neighborhood. We can be an empowering city where the ability to rise is based on creative ideas and hard work, not pre-determined by the zip code where you were born. We can be the greenest city in America, a place that champions our creative class, a place where entrepreneurs can thrive, and a place that has worked together to solve homelessness - not by getting rid of people experiencing homelessness but by bucking up and getting them a place to call home.”

“We need a visible leader with a clear, bright vision to act and get the job done. I’m here to announce that in 2017 I will be that candidate, and at this time one year from now, I will be that mayor,” he concluded.

Councilmember Jacob Frey expected to share bold vision in announcement of run for Mayor

January 3, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS—Minneapolis Councilmember Jacob Frey is expected to announce his candidacy for Mayor of Minneapolis at a rally with hundreds of supporters tonight. The rally is being held outside Dangerous Man Brewing Company at 6:00 PM.

Rally with Jacob Frey
Tonight | 6:00 PM
Dangerous Man Brewing Company
1300 NE 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN

Media credentials are available, and media are encouraged to request. Credentials are not required to attend or cover events. The credential will be active for the entirety of the 2017 campaign.

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