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While Rybak lined up a majority bloc of the council by the time he reached the mayor’s office, it is unclear who Hodges’ allies on the council will be. More than half of the 13-member body is new, and only a few others made an endorsement in the mayor’s race. John Quincy backed Hodges; Kevin Reich and Lisa Goodman supported mayoral runner-up Mark Andrew.
Council President Barb Johnson said that given the discussion around racial equity, she would like to examine the balance of affordable housing across the city. “North Minneapolis has, I would say, more than its share at this point, both private market and publicly subsidized housing,” Johnson said.
She thinks the new council will have more focus on education and children’s issues. “I think that there may be more attention to some of the social issues within the city,” Johnson said, adding that there is also more interest lately in public safety.
Johnson said Hodges knows how the council operates, so “I think there’s no real learning curve there. But I do think once all this pomp and circumstance gets done, we need to figure out what the regular interaction is between the council and the mayor and make sure we’re on the same page and don’t jump ahead of each other.”
She added that Hodges “has a quieter personality and that’s a good quality — more thoughtful, perhaps.”
But, Johnson said, “She’s going to have a stronger outreach to council members … she’ll have to make sure her staff is keeping members informed.”
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