Mark Andrew all but conceded in a speech to supporters at the Graves Hotel Tuesday night. On Wednesday afternoon, he posted this letter on his Facebook page.
It remains unclear whether this will have any effect on the vote tallying, which is ongoing at City Hall. Betsy Hodges supporters have gathered at 612 Brew to await formal results from the city, which are taking much longer than expected.
Dear friends, family and all those who stood with me:
I want to take this opportunity to thank you.
I spoke with Mayor-elect Hodges on the phone and congratulated her on her well-earned victory in yesterday’s election. We ran an incredible campaign but in the end, we just couldn’t shake her. Betsy was tenacious, determined and she peaked at the right time. These assets will serve her well as she transitions into her new role as leader of our City. I have offered my friendship and support in pursuit of elevating Minneapolis to its next level of greatness.
As I said last night, I knew going into Election Day that, win or lose, I’m a lucky guy. I have a great family and friends, and I have a good life. Running to serve as mayor of my hometown will remain one of the greatest honors in my life, and your support has filled me with gratitude. Thank you.
We didn’t get the outcome we worked so hard for, but we did succeed in bringing people together around the vision we share. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for the thousands of you who volunteered throughout the campaign to connect the people of Minneapolis with our plan for Minneapolis. And I want to congratulate the other candidates who worked tirelessly to advance the quality of our city.
Mayor Rybak will be a tough act to follow. Mayor-elect Hodges will seize the moment to close the opportunity gaps in our schools and our neighborhoods, bring new jobs to Minneapolis, make our city more green, and invest in our city’s long-term prosperity. I look forward to supporting her and helping in any way I can to keep Minneapolis moving forward.
Thank you for all that you have done and all that you will continue to do to make Minneapolis great for everyone.