Skip to main content

Jacob Frey elected mayor of Minneapolis

He beat out incumbent Betsy Hodges – but it took multiple rounds of counting.

Jacob Frey is the next mayor of Minneapolis, beating out incumbent Betsy Hodges. 

The race was called Wednesday afternoon following further tabulation of the ranked-choice voting ballots.

The 36-year-old former city council member didn't have enough first choice votes to be declared the winner Tuesday night, but was in the lead with 24.9 percent. (A candidate needed 50 percent plus one more vote to be declared the winner).

Related: 

5 things to know about the new mayor of Minneapolis

Because of that, five candidates were still in contention for the seat after round one. So officials had to count voters' second and third choices for mayor until one candidate got the majority (learn more about that process in this video). 

The counting began Wednesday morning and lasted five rounds

Frey faced off against 15 other candidates. The next closest vote getter was former state Rep. Raymond Dehn, followed by Hodges.

When Frey takes office in January, he'll be the second-youngest mayor in the city's history.

What about other city races?

We had some results from the Minneapolis City Council races on Tuesday night, but others will have to wait until second and third choices are calculated.

You might have already heard of one of Tuesday's historic moments, when Andrea Jenkins became the first openly-transgender person to win election to a city council seat, in Ward 8.

But another big story of the night concerns one race which hasn't yet been decided, in North Minneapolis' Ward 4, where Barb Johnson, the City Council president since 2006, is in a titanic tussle with candidate Phillipe Cunningham.

First choice votes had Johnson just ahead, with 2,254 to Cunningham's 2,135, so the winner will depend on second and third choice votes.

North Minneapolis is the scene of another close race, in Ward 5, where incumbent Blong Yang trailed rival Jeremiah Ellison – the son of state Rep. Keith Ellison – after the first round, 1,605 votes to 1,981.

Elsewhere, Ward 2 councilor Cam Gordon, Ward 7's Lisa Goodman, Ward 10's Lisa Bender, Ward 12's Andrew Johnson, and Ward 13's Linea Palmisano have all retained their seats. 

And on Wednesday, more city council races were called

In Ward 3, Steve Fletcher, who was the DFL-endorsed candidate, was elected to replace Frey. Jeremy Schroeder beat out incumbent John Quincy for his Ward 11 seat. And Alondra Cano was re-elected in Ward 9. 

Election officials said tabulation for the remaining city races will likely be finished by Thursday.

For updates on the races as they're called, visit the Minneapolis Votes website or follow the agency on Twitter.

Adam Uren helped with the reporting for this story. 

Next Up

Minneapolis skyline

Climate change in Minnesota is clearly seen at night

A lot of warm days and far fewer chilly nights.

Hennepin County Medical Center, HCMC

Driver, 83, killed in collision with semi-truck in Northfield

The Northfield man died at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Taco Bell

Impatient driver who fatally struck woman outside Taco Bell sentenced

Tammy Renae Olson was sentenced to four years in prison.

bmw-g1a1c50760_1280

Police: Teens 'careen recklessly' in stolen BMW, Mercedes in north metro

They ended up crashing the stolen vehicles, with two arrested and two others on the run.

fire truck

Fire table sparks blaze at Edina home

The fire remains under investigation, but fire officials believe it was accidental.

money hundred dollar bills

Charges: California woman embezzled over $1M from MN employer

Mai Xiong faces several federal charges in the case.

Hsa Law Yaw Say

Shot woman who sparked appeal found injured at Twin Cities hotel

Authorities began searching for Hsa Say early Monday morning.

image

Development may bring changes to Stonebrooke Golf Club in 2023

The popular southwest metro golf course offers scenic views of O'Dowd Lake.

image

Homeowners alert DNR to grouse hunting complaints in Northland

Some hunters are allegedly shooting directly in front of houses.

STPTeensChildTortureRCJ

Charges: Teen couple tortured children while babysitting in St. Paul

A doctor called this "the worst case of abuse he has seen in over 20 years."

Myth

New apartment proposal could spell the end for Myth Live

Myth Live in Maplewood has a spotty past with the surrounding community.

Hsa Law Yaw Say

Police trying to find woman, 18, who was shot at in St. Paul

Police are looking for help finding the woman.

Related

Council Member Jacob Frey announces bid to be Minneapolis' next mayor

He's the fourth DFLer who's running to unseat Mayor Betsy Hodges.

mayor jacob frey

Jacob Frey re-elected as Minneapolis mayor

After two rounds of tabulation, Frey was named the winner of the ranked-choice ballot.

5 things to know about the new mayor of Minneapolis

Jacob Frey replaces the incumbent Betsy Hodges.

Yes, there's an election: Your guide to the 2017 Minneapolis mayoral race

16 people are running, and police reform is a big issue.

Mayor: Minneapolis is working through some tough stuff to get stronger

Betsy Hodges says there's 'discomfort' in the city, but it's ultimately a good thing.

More Democrats line up to challenge Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges

Betsy Hodges was elected as a Democrat. All three people that have said they'll run against her in 2017 are also doing so as Democrats.

Yes, there's an election: Your guide to the 2017 St. Paul mayoral race

For the first time in 16 years, there's no incumbent in the race.

Betsy Hodges' efforts as Minneapolis mayor were overshadowed by policing incidents

The mayor's own list of accomplishments were overshadowed by policing incidents.