JCRC Statement on the Election of Melvin Carter and Jacob Frey to be the Next Mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Notes with Pride that JCRC Board Member and Mayor-elect Jacob Frey is the Second Jewish Mayor of Minneapolis

November 8, 2017

Minneapolis, MN – Steve Hunegs, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement today on yesterday’s mayoral elections in St. Paul and Minneapolis:

“The JCRC congratulates Melvin Carter for his historic election as the first African American mayor of St. Paul, as well as JCRC board member Jacob Frey for becoming the second Jewish mayor of Minneapolis (the first Jewish mayor of Minneapolis, Art Naftalin, served from 1961-1969).

“The JCRC looks forward to working with them as they continue to lead our Capitol City and Minnesota’s most populous city from strength to strength.

“At the same time the JCRC extends our deepest thanks to outgoing mayors Chris Coleman of St. Paul and Betsy Hodges of Minneapolis for their tireless service and friendship with the Twin Cities Jewish community.

“The JCRC also offers our appreciation to all of the candidates throughout the Twin Cities and Minnesota who stood for election yesterday. Whether they won or lost it takes great courage and personal sacrifice to stand for public office.

“We also thank Senator Al Franken, Secretary of State Steve Simon, State Senators Dick Cohen, Steve Cwodzinski, Ron Latz, Jeremy Miller, Sandy Pappas, as well as State Representatives Jon Applebaum, Frank Hornstein, Tina Liebling, and Paul Rosenthal, and all of the other Jewish Minnesotans serving at the local level for their ongoing service to Minnesota.

“The JCRC looks forward to celebrating with all of our Jewish and non-Jewish elected officials at our annual “Latkes and Politics” Chanukah Party at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 14th at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park.”

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