2017 Twin Cities elections

Following the mayoral and council elections in the Twin Cities.

“My hope is to help to lead us to look at St. Paul in a different way,” St. Paul Mayor-elect Melvin Carter said.

Melvin Carter offers big vision for St. Paul with win in mayor's race

Carter already knows where he wants St. Paul to be in 2021.
Minneapolis
November 11, 2017
Minneapolis Mayor-elect Jacob Frey said he will “dive into the budget in coming weeks,” and maintained the city need not choose between public saf

New Minneapolis leaders pledge work on affordable housing, public safety and police reform

But first, Mayor-elect Jacob Frey said he must repair fractured relationships and build trust with the left side of the Minneapolis DFL that fought his election.
Minneapolis
November 9, 2017
Minneapolis City Council Members-elect Jeremiah Ellison and Phillipe Cunningham, right, both talked about how while door knocking, they appealed to vo

Minneapolis candidates applaud positive campaigns, high voter turnout

Candidates said ranked-choice voting encouraged voter participation.
North Metro
November 9, 2017

Tight race prompts recount request in St. Anthony City Council race

Six candidates fought for two seats, with voters throwing support behind the incumbents.
Minneapolis
November 9, 2017
Minneapolis Mayor-elect Jacob Frey spoke to reporters at his headquarters Wednesday after the announcement that he won the race.

Minneapolis Mayor-elect Frey: We're going to get to work

The 36-year-old City Council member defeated incumbent Mayor Betsy Hodges and 14 other candidates in Tuesday's election. He will take office in January.
St. Paul
November 9, 2017
St. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter celebrated his win with family and friends on Tuesday night. (Jerry Holt/Star Tribune)

Melvin Carter leaned on community ties, volunteers to win St. Paul race

A political mailer attacking Carter had the reverse effect, supporters said.
Minneapolis
November 8, 2017
Phillipe Cunningham reacted to the Ward 4 City Council election results coming in at Corner Coffee on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Cunningham was declared t

Mpls. City Council turnover: Barb Johnson, Quincy, Yang unseated

On the North Side, Phillipe Cunningham unseated Council President Barb Johnson.
St. Paul
November 8, 2017
St. Paul mayoral candidate Dai Thao, shown in October. St. Paul police said they received a report of alleged voter fraud involving Thao, who lost his

St. Paul police: Dai Thao 'involved' in voter fraud case

A police spokesman declined to specify the allegation and what role Thao allegedly played. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is investigating to avoid any conflicts.
Minneapolis
November 8, 2017
One of the issues that the new-look Minneapolis Park Board will have to decide is the future of Hiawatha Golf Course.

Minneapolis Park Board will have 6 new faces

The nine-member Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will have six new faces next year.Final results announced Wednesday night revealed winners of the board's three at-large…
Local
November 8, 2017

Metro area voters say yes to $1 billion in school funding

They approved more than $1 billion in school construction, renovations and technology.
Minneapolis
November 8, 2017
Andrea Jenkins wins the Minneapolis Ward 8: Council Member race on November 7, 2017. Jenkins is the first openly transgender woman of color elected to

Night of change for Mpls. City Council as first transgender candidate wins

Andrea Jenkins' victory was a national first for a transgender woman of color.
Minneapolis
November 8, 2017
Andrea Jenkins hugs a supporter as she won a seat on the Minneapolis City Council on Tuesday. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune)

4 key takeaways from Tuesday's Minneapolis, St. Paul elections

Election Day was significant in both cities this year — for a number of reasons.
Minneapolis
November 8, 2017
Tabulators examine data from ballots cast in the Minneapolis mayoral race on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

Mpls. mayoral results will be known later today, clerk says

Staff begin untangling ranked-choice preferences among the city's 105,000 ballots.
Local
November 8, 2017
St. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter celebrated his win Tuesday night with family and friends at Union Depot.

Melvin Carter wins mayor race in St. Paul; Frey leads in Mpls.

Carter spent much of the night with 50 percent of the vote in the mayor's race, outpacing Pat Harris. In Minneapolis, Jacob Frey led early among a tight and crowded mayoral race.
South Metro
November 8, 2017
“We’ve got a wonderfully supportive community,” said Anoka-Hennepin Superintendent David Law, shown in 2014.

Anoka-Hennepin district wins record $249 million for schools

The state's largest school district says it's crowded, and among its goals are building two elementary schools and lowering class sizes.
Minneapolis
November 8, 2017
Jacob Frey hugged his wife, Sarah Clarke, as the results of the mayor's race were coming in Tuesday night in Minneapolis.

After first count, Jacob Frey leads Minneapolis mayor's race

Mayor Betsy Hodges, who has never lost an election, ranked third in the tally of first-choice votes.
Minneapolis
November 8, 2017

Minneapolis Park Board: New faces coming

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Member Steffanie Musich held on to her South Side seat. Community activist Kale Severson won a seat on the North Side.
West Metro
November 8, 2017

In west metro, newcomers step in to win municipal seats

The west metro saw various political newcomers take municipal leadership roles and one nail-biting race after polls closed, with all precincts reporting by Tuesday night.…
North Metro
November 8, 2017

Tight fight unfolds for north metro council spots

Crowded City Council races in St. Anthony and Lino Lakes brought a mix of old faces and new to Tuesday ballots in the north metro,…
South Metro
November 8, 2017

South metro suburbs favor familiar candidates

Voters in the south metro hit the polls and rewarded familiar candidates in Savage and Northfield races. (See results of Minnesota election contests here.)…
East Metro
November 8, 2017

New faces ready to take over in Falcon Heights

Voters in Falcon Heights were opting for new faces at City Hall on Tuesday in the wake of the fatal shooting within their borders of…
St. Paul
November 8, 2017
St. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter thanked his campaign workers at his headquarters Tuesday night.

Melvin Carter on winning: 'I'm thrilled. I'm elated. I'm humbled.'

Carter will be St. Paul's first black mayor.
Minneapolis
November 7, 2017
Even before the polls opened Tuesday, nearly 12,000 Minneapolis voters cast their ballots early.

Voter turnout surprises Twin Cities poll watchers

Election officials estimate that 43 percent of the registered voters turned out at the polls, up from 33 percent four years ago.
South Metro
November 7, 2017

Here's what to know about Election Day

Minneapolis, St. Paul and other communities around the state are holding elections Tuesday for mayor, City Council, and school board seats. A number of school…
Minneapolis
November 5, 2017
Votes have been cast early across the Twin Cities, but the candidates for mayor in both Minneapolis and St. Paul are gearing up for the final push ahe

Last push in Mpls. and St. Paul mayoral races

Minneapolis and St. Paul mayoral hopefuls scramble for votes ahead of Tuesday's election.
Minneapolis
November 4, 2017
Minneapolis mayoral candidates participated in a forum on Monday.

Minneapolis mayoral hopefuls offer closing arguments at forum

The 33rd mayoral forum was long on proposals and ideas but short on details.