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2017 Minneapolis mayoral election
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Candidate Jacob Frey Raymond Dehn
Party Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Popular vote 26,116 (1st round)
46,716 (5th round)
18,101 (1st round)
34,971 (5th round)
Percentage 25.0% (1st round)
57.2% (5th round)
17.3% (4th in 1st round)
42.8% (5th round)

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Candidate Betsy Hodges Tom Hoch Nekima Levy-Pounds
Party Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Popular vote 18,915 (1st round)
26,875 (4th round)
20,125 (1st round)
22,754 (3rd round)
15,716 (1st round)
16,189 (2nd round)
Percentage 18.1% (3rd in 1st round)
28.7% (last in 4th round)
19.3% (2nd in 1st round)
22.8% (last in 3rd round)
15.0% (5th in 1st round)
15.9% (last in 2nd round)

Mayor before election

Betsy Hodges
Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party

Elected Mayor

Jacob Frey
Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party

The 2017 Minneapolis mayoral election was held on November 7, 2017, to elect the Mayor of Minneapolis. This was the third mayoral election in the city's history to use ranked-choice voting. Municipal elections in Minnesota are nonpartisan, although candidates were able to identify with a political party on the ballot.

No candidate achieved a majority in the first round of ballot counting on election night. Jacob Frey was declared the winner the next day after several rounds of vote tabulations.

Background[edit source | edit]

2013 election[edit source | edit]

Betsy Hodges was elected mayor of Minneapolis on November 5, 2013, out of a field of 35 candidates, with her term beginning on January 2, 2014. In response to the large candidate field, the Minneapolis Charter Commission approved a referendum increasing the filing fee from $20 to $500.[1] The proposal was approved by voters on November 4, 2014.[2]

Campaign[edit source | edit]

In a blog letter dated November 7, 2016, a housing activist and longtime Minneapolis resident known as Captain Jack Sparrow announced his candidacy for mayor in the 2017 election; this was his third election campaign for office in the past 6 years.[3] Nekima Levy-Pounds, an attorney, civil rights activist, and former president of the Minneapolis NAACP, was one of the first candidates to begin their campaign, with an announcement on November 14, 2016. Hodges announced her re-election campaign on December 15, 2016. City Council member Jacob Frey and filmmaker Aswar Rahman entered in early January, while State Representative Raymond Dehn and theatre executive Tom Hoch announced their campaigns in February.[4][5][6] David John Wilson, an active member of the Democratic Farmer-Labor (DFL) party, entered the race during the candidate filing period in August 2017, but he declined to identify by party affiliation in favor of the stated principle "Rainbows Butterflies Unicorns".[7] Ian Simpson ran under the platform of the Idea Party, which asks the citizens of Minneapolis to pitch in their own creative solutions for change.[8][9]

Formal candidate filing began on August 1, 2017. Political parties held caucuses and conventions in the spring and summer, deciding whether to endorse a candidate for election. The DFL did not endorse a Minneapolis mayoral candidate at its July 2017 convention.[10]

On October 27, the Star Tribune editorial staff endorsed Jacob Frey for mayor.[11] This was followed by an endorsement of Frey by the Minnesota Daily on October 30.[12]

Candidates[edit source | edit]

Democratic-Farmer-Labor

  • Raymond Dehn, State Representative (District 59B)[13][14]
  • Al Flowers, community activist[15][16][17]
  • Jacob Frey, City Council member (Third Ward)[18]
  • Tom Hoch, former president of the Hennepin Theatre Trust, former deputy executive director of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority[19][20]
  • Betsy Hodges, incumbent mayor[21][22]
  • Nekima Levy-Pounds, civil rights activist, former president of the Minneapolis NAACP, founding director of the Community Justice Project at the University of St. Thomas law school[23][24][25]
  • Jeffrey Sterling Olson[16]
  • Aswar Rahman, filmmaker, businessman[26][13]
    • Suspended campaign on November 2, 2017, and subsequently endorsed Jacob Frey.[27]
  • Gregg Iverson, retired employee of Minnesota Department of Transportation[28][29]

Independent

Farmer Labor

  • Troy Benjegerdes[33]

Basic Income Guarantee

  • Captain Jack Sparrow, urban housing and Occupy movement activist[3][29]

Socialist Workers Party

Libertarian

Rainbow, Butterflies, Unicorns

The Idea Party[8]

Gallery[edit source | edit]

  • Not pictured: Jeffrey Sterling Olson, David Rosenfeld L.A. Nik

Results[edit source | edit]

No candidate achieved a majority in the first round on election night. Several rounds of vote transfers were necessary to determine a winner, a process which did not start until the next day.[36]

Candidates whose total votes in all ranked positions are less than the highest votes in first rank are immediately eliminated. In 2017 five candidates remained for the sequential elimination process.

Votes by ranking of candidates above 2%[37]
Candidate/Votes by rank 1 2 3 Total
Jacob Frey 24.97% 19.90% 14.39% 59.26%
Tom Hoch 19.27% 18.67% 13.22% 51.16%
Betsy Hodges (incumbent) 18.08% 16.57% 21.57% 56.22%
Raymond Dehn 17.34% 16.51% 14.04% 47.89%
Nekima Levy-Pounds 15.06% 17.43% 16.31% 48.80%
Other or none 5.28% 10.92% 20.47%

With four rounds of elimination, Jacob Frey was announced as the winner on Wednesday, November 8, at 2 pm, 18 hours after the polls closed.[38]

Runoff round tabulation[39]
Candidate Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5
votes
(% of active)
transfer votes
(% of active)
transfer votes
(% of active)
transfer votes
(% of active)
transfer votes
(% of active)
Jacob Frey (winner) 26,116 25.0% +634 26,750 26.3% +2,730 29,480 29.5% +9,888 39,368 42.1% +7,348 46,716 57.2%
Raymond Dehn 18,101 17.3% +473 18,574 18.2% +5,454 24,028 24.1% +3,330 27,358 29.2% +7,613 34,971 42.8%
Betsy Hodges (incumbent) 18,915 18.1% +552 19,467 19.1% +4,044 23,511 23.6% +3,364 26,875 28.7% −26,875
Tom Hoch 20,125 19.3% +787 20,912 20.5% +1,842 22,754 22.8% −22,754
Nekima Levy-Pounds 15,716 15.0% +473 16,189 15.9% −16,189
Charlie Gers 1,233 1.2% −1,233
Aswar Rahman 756 0.7% −756
Al Flowers 711 0.7% −711
L.A. Nik 612 0.6% −612
David Rosenfeld 477 0.5% −477
Captain Jack Sparrow 438 0.4% −438
Gregg A. Iverson 335 0.3% −335
Ronald Lischeid 325 0.3% −325
David John Wilson 220 0.2% −220
Troy Benjegerdes 184 0.2% −184
Undeclared Write-ins 138 0.1% −138
Ian Simpson 119 0.1% −119
Christopher Robin Zimmerman 1 0.0% −1
Theron Preston Washington 0 0.0% 0
Active Ballots (% of Valid) 104,522 100% 101,892 97.5% 99,773 95.5% 93,601 89.6% 81,687 78.2%
Exhausted Ballots (% of Valid) 0 0.0% +2,630 2,630 2.5% +2,119 4,749 4.5% +6,172 10,921 10.4% +11,914 22,835 21.8%
Total Valid Ballots 104,522 104,522 104,522 104,522 104,522
  • Turnout: 105,928
  • Undervotes: 1,406 (1.3%)
  • Valid ballots: 104,522

Source: Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services[40]

See also[edit source | edit]

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