Melvin Carter Wins Majority of Votes, Becomes First Black Mayor of St. Paul

November 08, 2017 06:53 AM

Melvin Carter will become the next mayor of St. Paul, according to unofficial voting results.

Carter won with 50.89 percent of votes in the first round of counting, securing the spot to become the city's next leader.


During a celebration with his campaign Tuesday night, Carter thanked all 600 of his volunteers and the 2,000 people who contributed to the campaign. He also said, most of all, he wanted to thank the voters.

"I really appreciate the support that we have from St. Paul voters all over this city and to know that they spoke loudly and clearly in the way that they did, it's incredibly humbling," Carter said.

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Carter's campaign focused on economic progress, affordable housing and investment in infrastructure.

He is the executive director of Gov. Mark Dayton's Minnesota Children's Cabinet and is a former St. Paul City Council member. As a city council member, Carter helped form the city's Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity, developed a $2.5 million affordable housing trust fund and worked on a community-wide coalition to create the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood.

Carter defeated Tom Goldstein, Pat Harris, Dai Thao, Elizabeth Dickinson and Tim Holden.

His campaign was involved in some controversy after two campaign mailers claimed he wasn't cooperative with police after two guns were stolen from his home. The two groups behind the mailers — the St. Paul Police Federation and Building a Better St. Paul — were criticized by numerous public officials, who called the mailers racist.

RELATED: Melvin Carter Responds to Campaign Mailer Controversy

Former mayor Chris Coleman, who served three terms before setting his sights on becoming Minnesota's next governor, said he there were many candidates capable of becoming St. Paul's next mayor.

"We had great candidates," Coleman said. "But to have the first African American elected so that every child in the city of St. Paul grows up thinking 'You know what, I can be mayor too,' that's a pretty inclusive and wonderful community."

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