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Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges says she's not done yet, will run for re-election

She's made challenging police policies part of her platform – but been criticized for not enough progress.

Betsy Hodges wants to be mayor of Minneapolis for at least five more years.

Hodges, who is in her first term, said Thursday she's running for re-election because she's not done yet, adding "there's a lot more to do, and I'm the right mayor to get it done."

During her first three years in office (she's got one left before the election), she's been very vocal about racial inequality in Minneapolis and police officer accountability. She summed up a lot of her goals in this 2014 letter, laying out a vision for Minneapolis where racial equity gaps are eliminated, communities across the city grow equally, and things run smoothly for all residents, not just those in certain neighborhoods.

She pushed for police body cameras (which have now rolled out to all patrol officers), and in the 2014 letter said some police officers "abuse the trust" and "do harm rather than prevent it." Her tendency to push back against the police union goes back to her time on the city council, and has often been at odds with police officials (including over the summer with the "jackass remarks" comment).

But following the shooting of Jamar Clark in November of 2015, she's been criticized by some for what they see as a lack of progress with racial inequality and police accountability.

One of those critics is Nekima Levy-Pounds, who last month announced she will run for mayor of Minneapolis.

Minneapolis residents will vote for the next mayor on Nov. 7, 2017. Those are just local elections – no state or U.S. senators or representatives.

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