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Continued: Six key Minneapolis mayoral candidates make their pitches

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My name is Betsy Hodges, and I ask for your first-choice vote on Tuesday. I am the progressive candidate with the first-choice endorsement of the Star Tribune, which said: “Betsy Hodges wins our endorsement based on her City Council record of responsible fiscal leadership, her willingness to take on special interests on behalf of taxpayers, and her potential to grow into the civic cheerleader role that came naturally to [Mayor R.T.] Rybak.”

I’ve partnered with Mayor Rybak to create a progressive, inclusive, livable city that works for you while keeping an eye on our bottom line. We saved the city millions and lowered the property tax levy for the first time in 30 years, all while protecting Minneapolis’ children and families.

I’m proud of the work we’ve done making Minneapolis a great city. But to become the greatest city, we need to take on our greatest challenge. Minneapolis still has too many gaps, in education and jobs, between white people and people of color, between the haves and have-nots. It’s time our schools and our city meet that challenge.

I have the vision to eliminate the opportunity gaps and keep Minneapolis moving forward. My “Cradle-To-K” initiative will eliminate the gaps in prenatal and child-care programming and coverage. My “Ready, Willing and Able” program puts children first, breaking through political logjams to improve our schools and students’ opportunities for success. My vision for growth is centered on transit and rails, bringing people to jobs and jobs to people, and sustainably growing our population by more than 100,000. I am committed to improving public safety in every neighborhood, providing housing for our families and enacting my “Zero Waste Minneapolis” plan.

I have the progressive experience and vision to keep Minneapolis moving forward, and I ask for your first-choice vote on Tuesday.



Minneapolis is at an exciting, pivotal moment in its history. We’ve made great strides over the past decade. We’ve righted many of the wrongs of the 1990s. We’ve paid down $241 million in debt, and since I took over as chair of the Public Safety Committee, we’ve cut crime by double digits every year. There’s no doubt we’re better off now than we were 13 years ago.

Every candidate in this race will be a leader for our successes and will work to make them even better. We’ll continue to have the best parks; we’ll continue to have the most biked city, and we’ll continue to strengthen Minneapolis’ financial footing. The people of Minneapolis will ensure those areas of greatness continue.

But, if we are to take this city to its next level of true and equitable greatness, we must take on our most persistent challenges. I won’t be a mayor who just celebrates our successes while ignoring our problems. I will walk boldly into our historic issues and work to lead the way out.

Current educational outcomes and demographic trends paint a bleak future for the city that will affect us all. That future is a Minneapolis with large swaths of its workforce lacking the skills needed to grow the economy; with an unsustainable dependency on public services, and with persistent crime.

I know that doesn’t have to be our future. I’m confident that with the right leadership — with a mayor who confronts our most challenging problems — we will create an even greater Minneapolis. We can improve upon what we do well and finally address what we haven’t done well before. That is the Minneapolis I envision. I ask you to join me in creating that future, and for your first-choice vote on Nov. 5.




I’m fiscally responsible and socially inclusive, and I offer fresh eyes in City Hall.

My coworkers and I built a company of 120 employees who maintain wind turbines across the country. My wife and I own our home and raise our two young children in Southwest’s Fulton neighborhood.

These days, I see peers moving to the suburbs for better schools, lower property taxes and less crime. My goals: to make Minneapolis work for you in every chapter of your life and ensure that all residents have ladders of opportunity.

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