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  • Updated: November 2, 2013 - 5:35 PM

Three prominent Minnesotans back Mark Andrew as Minneapolis mayor.

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2013 ELECTION

Why we stand behind Mark Andrew for mayor

Mark Andrew is the consistent progressive leader who brings people together to get things done. As public leaders, we know that no one accomplishes great things on their own but rather by building relationships across diverse groups to drive consensus toward a common goal. Mark excels at building these relationships. That is how he provided the leadership to create our recycling program, build the Midtown Greenway, pass pay equity for women, pass domestic-partner benefits and make Target Field the greenest ballpark in the world.

Mark led the DFL for U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone’s re-election. He is a lifelong progressive who stands up for working families and builds economic opportunity for everyone. Jobs with high wages are the quickest way to close our gaps and create equity across our community, and we are grateful to Mark for his past work to this end. At a time in our state and nation where the gap between rich and poor continues to widen, we need leaders who stand up for working people.

Throughout Mark’s career, he has collaborated with both business and labor to move our whole community forward. That is why he has the support of both business leaders and rank-and-file workers. Both have seen him build relationships and consensus, and they know that is how we will make our great city even greater.

In this 35-candidate field, no one exemplifies progressivism and collaboration more than Mark Andrew. He is our first choice for mayor of Minneapolis. He will lead with stability, integrity and consistency.

WALTER MONDALE, JOAN GROWE and JEFF HAYDEN

The writers are, respectively, former vice president of the United States, former Minnesota secretary of state, and deputy majority leader of the Minnesota Senate.

VIKINGS STADIUM

Opponents want the vote they didn’t get

Lori Sturdevant judges anti-­ stadium populism to be cheap in the current Minneapolis election season (“It’s easy to say no to stadium now, and many are,” Oct. 27).

But this is the year Minneapolis’ chief cheerleader for the stadium deal promised voters a chance to vent: “We’re not going to do a referendum in the city. We are going to have a referendum in a couple years when I stand for re-election.” (Mayor R.T. Rybak, Star Tribune, Jan. 27, 2012.) By not running again after all, Rybak denied voters even that form of referendum on the issue.

“City candidates who ride stadium opposition into office on Nov. 5 will already be in their debt,” Sturdevant concluded, referring to Rybak and City Council stadium backers. Indeed, debt from the stadium-funding decision — political and otherwise — is plentiful. But it’s not all cheap.

CHRIS STELLER, Minneapolis

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