Outside group forms to help Hodges' campaign

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October 1, 2013
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

An independent group called the Committee for a Greater Minneapolis has formed to back City Council Member Betsy Hodges' bid for mayor. 

Leah Solo, outreach director at Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Minnesota State Council and a committee co-chair, said: “Betsy Hodges knows that what is holding our city back is the growing disparities we face — we see it in jobs, income, education, and housing. Betsy has made addressing these gaps the centerpiece of her campaign. She truly has the best plan for making Minneapolis the great city we know it can be,” Solo said.

The committee will be pursuing the typical channels to get the word out about Hodges' campaign, including direct mail, web ads and maybe radio and television ads, said Kate Brickman, committee co-chair and media relations coordinator for SEIU.

When asked how much the group is expecting to raise, Brickman said it's hard to predict at this point. "The money will mainly be coming from individual, community leaders. I wouldn’t anticipate matching what the individual campaigns have been raising, as they’ve been at this a lot longer," she said.

Tim Manning, an associate at Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, will serve as the committee treasurer. He praised Hodges for her "fiscal responsiblity" and work on pension reform, which has lifted a burden on taxpayers while still honoring obligations to pensioners. He has also donated $500 to Hodges' campaign.

The group filed with Hennepin County this week and can spend unlimited funds to support Hodges' campaign as long it acts independently of Hodges. Individual donors, meanwhile, are limited to $500 contributions. 

Just a few days ago, a group called the Coalition for a Better Minneapolis launched a campaign today to support Mark Andrew’s mayoral bid through independent expenditure efforts.

The committees will file campaign finance reports with Hennepin County, along with the candidates, on Oct. 29.