Former Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Andrew is joining the race for mayor of Minneapolis.
Andrew will kick off his campaign on Thursday. He served 16 years on the county board, before resigning in 1999 to pursue a career in public relations. He is the founder and owner of GreenMark, which helps companies improve their environmental reputations. He also served as chair of the Minnesota DFL Party in the 1990′s.
Andrew joins an already crowded field of candidates that includes four current and former members of the Minneapolis City Council.
“I do have work to do on name recognition, because I’ve been out of office for well over a decade,” Andrew said, noting that he’s conducted a poll showing he’s already one of the leading candidates at this early stage in the race.
Mayor R.T. Rybak isn’t seeking re-election. Minneapolis hasn’t seen an open seat mayor’s race in 20 years.
Mark Andrew photo courtesy of GreenMark.