A new mayor for Minneapolis


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Mayor-Elect Jacob Frey sweeps the Minneapolis mayoral election held in November. Photo taken from Jacob Frey’s Facebook campaign page, Jacob Frey for Minneapolis.

Recent race elects mayor and new city council members

Jacob Frey, a former city council member of ward 3, defeated former mayor Betsy Hodges in November 7, 2017 election. On Frey’s campaigning website, he said, “I want to be your mayor. I’m a Minneapolis City Council member, a civil rights attorney, an advocate for social justice, and a proud resident of the greatest city in America.”

During the campaign, Frey was criticized by many people as “too young, too ambitious, and not from around here…” the Star Tribune reported.

A total of $1.8 million was poured into the mayoral race, with candidates using numerous resources for advertisement alone.

In Minneapolis the voting system is done by a ranked-choice election. Voters rank up to three candidate choices on the ballot for each office. Frey won the majority of first choice votes, securing 25%. Following Frey was Tom Hoch with 19% and Betsy Hodges with 18% of the votes. A total of 16 candidates were on the ballot; the remaining 38% of votes was dispersed among them.

“Together, Minneapolis, we’ve made real change, and lasting change in our city,” and referred to her time as mayor as “the greatest honor of my life,” former mayor Hodges said in an interview with the Star Tribune following the election.

In addition to the mayoral election the city council seats were chosen as well. The election was held for all thirteen seats within the council.

Election Results

On November 7th 2017 Minneapolis held its Mayoral Election. Graphic created by Ericka Sura.

The results were as follows: Ward 1: Kevin Reich; Ward 2: Cam Gordon; Ward 3: Steve Fletcher; Ward 4: Phillipe Cunningham; Ward 5: Jeremiah Ellison; Ward 6: Abdi Warsame; Ward 7: Lisa Goodman; Ward 8: Andrea Jenkins; Ward 9: Alondra Cano; Ward 10: Lisa Bender; Ward 11: Jeremy Schroeder; Ward 12: Andrew Johnson; and Ward 13: Linea Palmisano. All thirteen new electives are democrat with the exception of Green Party member Cam Gordon.

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