The Minneapolis City elections were notable for how long it took to get results and the generational shift in those who were elected.
One: It was confusing. Two: It took far longer to count the ballots than supporters said it would. Three: It was a fix for a system that wasn’t broken. That is my ballot. What’s yours?
Minneapolis has a new Mayor!
Betsy Hodges, a Democratic member of the Minneapolis City Council, emerged as the winner of the race for mayor of Minnesota’s largest city Thursday night. Hodges received the most votes of the 35 candidates in Tuesday’s race but fell shy of an outright majority. Minneapolis uses ranked-choice voting, which allows people to make up to three choices of candidates on their ballots. Ballots are reassigned as candidates are deemed out of contention.
More vote counting is expected at Minneapolis City Hall as the state’s largest city looks to crown a new mayor. Democratic City Council member Betsy Hodges held a wide lead but there was still not a final vote Thursday morning.
Betsy Hodges’ face is one Minneapolitans will be seeing much more of, and her personality is one her husband insists they’ll get a kick out of. “She can tell really good jokes,” said Gary Cunningham, Hodges’ husband. “We laugh a lot.”
More rounds of vote counting are underway at Minneapolis City Hall as the state’s largest city looks to crown a new mayor. Democratic City Council member Betsy Hodges held a wide lead but was still short Wednesday of the threshold needed to win.
Is Betsy Hodges the winner in Minneapolis’ Mayoral race?
Minneapolis City Council member Betsy Hodges is the early leader in the race to be the next mayor of Minnesota’s largest city. Hodges led comfortably Tuesday night as returns were nearly complete, but the city’s ranked-choice voting system meant no winner was expected to be declared until Wednesday at the earliest.
With Election Day just one week away, the six leading candidates for Minneapolis Mayor took to the stage Tuesday night in a rather friendly debate that heavily revolved around crime, a street car system, and even the means of which they get voted in on Tuesday – ranked-choice voting.
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Some Minneapolis city leaders believe fitting police officers with cameras on their uniforms can save the city money and protect officers from frivolous complaints. On Thursday, council members Betsy Hodges, Gary Schiff and Cam Gordon showed the body cameras to members of the media.
Thirty-four people and counting want to be the next mayor of Minneapolis, and thanks to the city’s ongoing experiment with an alternative voting system, they all have a shot. Minnesota’s largest city is picking its first new leader in 12 years.
On Wednesday afternoon the first Minneapolis mayoral candidate called it quits. Minneapolis councilman Gary Schiff has decided to drop out.
Minneapolis’ Democratic convention has adjourned without any candidate getting the votes needed for the party’s endorsement for mayor in November. Former Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Andrew took an early lead at Saturday’s convention but wasn’t able to get the 60 percent of votes needed for the party’s nod. The pool of six candidates had been whittled down to Andrew and City Council member Betsy Hodges by late Saturday, when Hodges’ campaign told its delegates to leave for pizza it fed them outside.