Mpls. Mayor Betsy Hodges Discusses Achievement Gap During Inaugural Address

Updated: 01/06/2014 11:58 AM
Created: 01/06/2014 8:37 AM
By: Jennie Olson

A public inauguration ceremony was held Monday for new Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and the 13 Minneapolis city council members.

Hodges was officially sworn-in last week, but Monday was the traditional ceremony where she delivered her inaugural address. In it, she encouraged Minneapolis residents to work to close achievement gaps throughout the city.

"We can be more than just a great city," Hodges said during her speech. "We get to demand more of ourselves and each other. We get to aim higher, and we must aim higher, because by itself being a great city isn’t good enough for us. By itself, being a great city isn’t a goal worthy of our strength as a people."

Hodges is taking over as longtime Mayor R.T. Rybak moves on; the former Democratic city council member won election in November. During her first week as mayor, Hodges is participating in a 10-day "One Minneapolis" tour with different themes each day.

After the ceremony on Monday, the Minneapolis City Council held a meeting to choose council leaders and determine committee assignments.

Betsy Hodges celebrates at El Nuevo Rodeo, her campaign headquarters, while awaiting election results Tuesday Nov. 5, 2013.
Photo: AP/The Star Tribune, Jerry Holt

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