Minneapolis DFL fails to endorse in mayor's race, but challenger Nezhad finishes ahead of Frey
June 18, 2021
The Minneapolis DFL failed to endorse any candidate for mayor, leaving a wide open election this fall.
Seven candidates, including first-term Mayor Jacob Frey, Sheila Nezhad, Kate Knuth, Phil Sturm and AJ Awed, competed for the party's seal through a virtual format that had drawn criticism recently from some Democrats who said the process was difficult for some to navigate.
Another mayoral challenger Jerrell Perry, who is now running as an independent had initially sought the DFL endorsement, dropped out after ballots had already went out, the party said. Lakeem Johnson filed for endorsement for the mayoral race, but also never participated in the process.