Meg Tuthill continuing reelection campaign despite not having DFL backing
Tuthill is one of four current council members who didn't secure the DFL endorsement this spring (along with Robert Lilligren, Sandy Colvin Roy, and Diane Hofstede).
Minneapolis City Council member Meg Tuthill promised to "suspend" her campaign if she didn't receive the DFL endorsement. Exactly what she meant is open for interpretation, but apparently "suspend" didn't mean end her reelection effort, as today Tuthill announced she'll be forging ahead despite the fact Lisa Bender has the party's backing.
"I am running for re-election to the Minneapolis City Council because I am a proven leader," Tuthill says in a statement posted to her webpage. "Over the last month, I have been overwhelmed with calls, emails and visits and I have decided to restart and reenergize my campaign to continue leading the 10th Ward forward."
Tuthill took heat on her own Facebook page in the hour following her announcement from folks who think she should abide by the DFL endorsement (click to enlarge):
To read Tuthill's full statement, click to page two.
Dear 10th Ward Friends,
Thank you for taking the time to visit my website. I am running for re-election to the Minneapolis City Council because I am a proven leader.
Over the last month, I have been overwhelmed with calls, emails and visits and I have decided to restart and reenergize my campaign to continue leading the 10th Ward forward. The Tenth Ward needs consistency and continuity. The ward has been represented by 3 council members in the past 12 years and every time we need to train in a new council member, the priorities of the ward get pushed behind. This leaves our residents and the business community shortchanged. I am the only candidate in this race that has the experience, the relationships and has demonstrated the constituent service to move this ward forward.
My husband and I have lived in this community for over 40 years. This is where we chose to raise our family and open our businesses. I ran for the Minneapolis city council in 2009 because I care deeply about my community. Four years later, I have a greater sense of appreciation in serving all the residents of the Tenth Ward. Now that I have accomplished so much in my first term, I have the momentum and energy to accomplish much more.
With continuing development pressure in this Ward, it is important to have a consistent, long-term vision for the community's needs and interests. It is a vision of collaboration and inclusiveness, of healthy neighborhoods, of thriving business, and safe streets for walkers and bikers. It is a vision I have demonstrated over the past four years.
I am proud to have the support of the:
Fire Fighters Association of Minneapolis Local 82
Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis
Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 292
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49
Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, A.F.L.-C.I.O.
"A" rating from Stonewall DFL
I'm happy to have the voters decide whether I should serve them for a second term and I would appreciate your continuing support in my campaign. Please visit the volunteer link and sign up to become involved in my campaign. I look forward to our conversations over the next several months and I appreciate your support.
Your Council Member,
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