Press Release: Jorge Contreras to Manage Mayor Hodges’ Reelection Campaign

Jan 2, 2017 | Press Releases

Contact: Kyrstin Schuette, (763) 447-8025

Contreras brings extensive experience in winning campaigns in Minnesota and nationally

January 2, 2017 (Minneapolis)—Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges announced today that she has hired Jorge Contreras to manage her 2017 campaign for reelection for a second term as mayor. Hodges announced her bid for reelection on December 15.

Mayor Hodges said, “Serving as Mayor of Minneapolis is the best job I can imagine. For me, it’s not a step on a career ladder: even on the hardest days, it’s an incredible privilege to serve the people of Minneapolis, whom I deeply love. That’s why I’m asking to serve four more years.

“My campaign is grounded in the premise that in this era of Trump and Republican control — with our city and whole communities under attack, and more yet to come — now is the time to build on the many promises I have kept and results I have delivered to keep moving forward to becoming One Minneapolis. This campaign will help us as a people marshal our many strengths — which Trump and the Republicans underestimate, but I know in my bones we have — to rise to the challenges that lie ahead.

“Jorge Contreras is the right person to lead my campaign. He is a determined, battle-tested leader with a solid track record of success and a solid commitment to progressive values. He inspires confidence in everyone around him by delivering results, communicating clearly, and always playing a long game. I look forward to working with him to build a winning grassroots campaign in every corner of our city.”

Most recently, Contreras served as field director for 2016 DFL candidate Angie Craig in the 2nd congressional district. Under Contreras’ leadership, the Craig campaign had the top-producing field program in the country, making more than 2 million voter-contact attempts, twice as many than any other DCCC-targeted campaign. His Minnesota experience includes serving as regional organizing director for Senator Al Franken’s successful 2014 reelection campaign.

Contreras is a veteran of nine election campaigns, dating back to President Obama’s 2008 campaign. He has worked for statewide, congressional, countywide, and municipal campaigns in a total of 10 states, including a mayoral campaign in San Francisco, another city that uses ranked-choice voting in municipal elections. He has also organized for labor unions, labor-backed advocacy campaigns, and LGBT equality in California, Arkansas, and Utah.