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

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Contact: Sydney Jordan,

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.