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Council member ousts incumbent in Minneapolis mayor’s race

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minneapolis City Council member Jacob Frey, 36, was announced as the unofficial winner of the Minneapolis mayoral race on Wednesday afternoon.

Frey defeated incumbent Mayor Betsy Hodges and 14 other candidates in Tuesday's election and will take office in January.

Frey captured about 25 percent of the vote to win with a total of 26,116 votes in the instant-runoff voting system in Minneapolis that allows voters to rank their top three choices. Because of that, it took until Wednesday to determine the winner as no candidate had more than 50 percent of the vote.

A surprising total of 105,928 voters casted ballots.

Other candidates who gave Frey competition for votes in Minnesota’s largest city were Tom Hoch, a former redevelopment and public housing executive, with 19 percent or 20,125 votes; Hodges with 18 percent or 18,915 votes; Raymond Dehn, a state lawmaker, with 17 percent or 18,101 votes and Nekima Levy-Pounds, the former head of the local NAACP chapter, with 15 percent or 15,716 votes.

Hodges, 48, became the face of the city through two police-involved shootings, including this summer’s death of an Australian woman who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her house and was shot to death by a Minneapolis police officer.

Most of Hodges’ challengers ran on more liberal platforms and touted issues such as affordable housing, an achievement gap between white and black residents and the recent move to eventually increase minimum wage to $15 hourly.

A native of Virginia, Frey is a lawyer who was first elected to the Minneapolis City Council in 2013. He took office in January of 2014.

Frey moved to Minneapolis in 2008 to join a law firm after earning a bachelor’s degree in government from  William & Mary University and a law degree from Villanova University.

Frey met his wife, Sarah Clarke, through community organizations and they were married in July of 2016 and live in northeast Minneapolis.

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