Brummer says Amara is the right choice for city, will serve as a campaign ambassador
Cedar Rapids, IA – Days after announcing her plan to join the race for mayor, Amara Andrews has landed the support of an opponent. Small business owner Jake Brummer, who was one of the first candidates to enter the race for mayor, said his campaign focused on the ordinary Cedar Rapidian, but now believes Amara Andrews has what it takes to carry that message and win.
“I decided to run because ordinary working-class people in this town need a voice,” Brummer said. “When Amara entered the race, I listened to her speech and realized she could be that champion and had already built the kind of campaign infrastructure needed to go the distance.”
Brummer has agreed to serve as a campaign ambassador, bringing Amara’s message of new opportunity and new leadership to working class people around the city, but especially in areas that have traditionally been underserved.
“We are thrilled to have Jake’s support,” Andrews said. “Our message has been well received throughout the community and we’ve landed some significant endorsements, but having the support of another person who was running for the same office is huge.”
The coalition of support for the Andrews campaign continues to grow with recent declarations of support from prominent local labor leaders, small-business owners, educators, and leaders in the faith community.
“We know this will be an uphill battle, but we’re encouraged,” Andrews said. “I’m a newcomer to the political arena. I’m not in with the establishment political networks, and while some would think that’s a disadvantage, the people of Cedar Rapids seem to be responding well. They finally have someone that will represent their interests.”
The Andrews campaign is being advised by Hasoni Pratts, a top lieutenant to former candidate for president and current Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg, and veteran political operatives Norm Sterzenbach of GPS Impact and Jessica Vanden Berg of Maverick Strategy. She has received the endorsements of State Senator Rob Hogg, State Representative Liz Bennett, and Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague among others.