Election polls are closed, and results are circulating across the state of Minnesota. Minneapolis specifically had a weighted decision to make, as there were three important “yes or no” questions on their electoral ballots that will ultimately affect the future state of the city.
Question 1 was on government structure, which ruled in as “yes” for the majority in Tuesday’s election, making Frey as re-elected mayor, a “Strong Mayor.” What this means is the city council will have to run and report directly through Jacob Frey, who already has control over the Minneapolis Police Department.
Question 2 was on replacing the Minneapolis Police Department with the Department of Public Safety, which after Minneapolis’ mass outbreak of protests and lingering conflict with the MPD, still ruled “no” as the majority. This leaves the Minneapolis Police Department as it was, continued to be managed by Jacob Frey.
Had the majority ruled “yes,” the amendment would have emphasized on preventative measures to mitigate crime and the need for policing. The amendment would’ve offered marginalized communities support in regularly demanded social services, as the police would be replaced with mental health responders, drug counselors, violence prevention, and other services community members like Communities United Against Police Brutality say shouldn’t be left in the hands of the police.
Question 3 was on rent stabilization. This summer many protests set to fight rent increases occurred after the Twin Cities’ housing market continued to rise. The majority ruled in “yes,” removing the option for landlords to increase rent and releasing tension off of the communities that have faced financial barriers in the face of housing security.
Following the election, Wednesday early afternoon, a protest happened outside Jacob Frey’s alleged home. The protesters yelled his name and rang his buzzer, but he never came out. Frey won with 56.23% of Minneapolis’ votes. Granting him his second term as Minneapolis’ mayor. Almost half of the city voted against him, and even a hashtag #dontrankfrey, circled in popularity. A few of the protesters expressed their disinterest in Frey coming from his “lack of follow through and unfulfilled promises.” Again, with Frey being the “Strong Mayor” now, he will be leading in a new capacity at the forefront of the city of Minneapolis like never before.