Frey announces run for reelection as Minneapolis mayor

Frey announces run for reelection as Minneapolis mayor Photo: KSTP.

Rebecca Omastiak
Updated: January 21, 2021 10:48 AM
Created: January 21, 2021 10:36 AM

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced Thursday he is running for reelection.

The current Democratic mayor said he's seeking another four-year term.

"Over the last four years, we've confronted opportunity and hardship together," Frey said in a statement. "I look forward to continuing to serve Minneapolis as we move into a new era with a shared commitment to build a more vibrant and just city." 

Frey was narrowly elected mayor in 2017 under Minneapolis' rank choice voting. Prior to his election, he represented Minneapolis' Third Ward on the city council.

Stating affordable housing, economic inclusion, and public safety were his main priorities during his first term, the mayor highlighted his Stable Homes Stable Schools and Minneapolis Forward initiatives.

In the midst of civil unrest in the Twin Cities last summer, Frey also voiced he did not agree the city's police department should be entirely scrapped during the city council's initial push to dismantle the department in the aftermath of George Floyd's death in police custody. That response received "boos" from a crowd of protesters who favored such a move during a gathering last summer.

Later last year, Frey and Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced changes to department policy, including revisions to the department's use of unannounced entry when serving search warrants, as well as an overhaul of the Minneapolis Police Department's use-of-force policy.

Frey stated he has received endorsements from Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jonathan Weinhagen, American Indian Community Development Corporation CEO Mike Goze, Teamsters Joint Council 32, and former mayor Sharon Sayles Belton,

Frey announced that details about his reelection campaign are forthcoming.

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