January 02, 2018 06:25 AM
On Tuesday, Minneapolis and St. Paul residents will officially welcome their new mayors, as both will be sworn into office.
In Minneapolis, Jacob Frey will assume the role after taking the lead over current mayor Betsy Hodges. In St. Paul, Melvin Carter will take over as mayor after winning over his opponents running for Mayor Chris Coleman's seat.
The two Democrats have similar visions for their cities, for which they've both previously served.
Frey spent the last four years representing Minneapolis's third ward on the city council.
A former civil rights attorney, and professional runner, Frey was declared the winner of the packed mayoral race after the fifth round of ranked choice voting.
As Minneapolis' 48th mayor, he said he plans to unite the city and focus on three core issues.
"The first is affordable housing, the second is community policing and accountability and the third is economic inclusion," Frey said. "So those are the three areas that, for the most part, we've been hearing most from residents throughout the campaign."
In St. Paul, Carter has indicated he shares a lot of those same goals.
The fourth-generation St. Paul resident said he is determined to build trust between the community and police and support growth in the corners of the city that really need it most.
Carter also said he wants to invest in early childhood education, which was his focus as he served as the executive director of Gov. Mark Dayton's Minnesota Children's Cabinet.
"This is a dream come true," Carter said previously. "I grew up in this city. I grew up in the rec centers and the libraries. My first city job is as an intern in the Department of Planning and Economic Development and the opportunity to serve this city as mayor is just a dream come true."
Carter is a graduate of Central High School, which is where he will be sworn in at noon Tuesday. Frey will actually be in attendance at Carter's ceremony. Frey will be sworn in during a private ceremony.
Updated: January 02, 2018 06:25 AM
Created: January 02, 2018 05:44 AM
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