|48th Mayor of Minneapolis|
|Assumed office |
January 2, 2018
|Preceded by||Betsy Hodges|
|Member of the Minneapolis City Council|
from the 3rd ward
January 2, 2014 – January 2, 2018
|Preceded by||Diane Hofstede|
|Succeeded by||Steve Fletcher|
|Born||July 23, 1981|
Oakton, Virginia, U.S.
|Education||College of William and Mary (BA)|
Villanova University (JD)
Frey grew up in Oakton, Virginia, a Washington, D.C., suburb, and received a track scholarship to attend the College of William & Mary, from which he graduated in 2004. His family is of Russian Jewish descent. After graduating with a degree in government, Frey received a contract from a shoe company to run professionally and competed for Team USA in the Pan American Games marathon, finishing in 4th place. During that time, he earned a J.D. degree from Villanova University, graduating cum laude in 2009.
Frey has been active in community organizing since moving to Minneapolis. After a tornado struck North Minneapolis in 2011, Frey provided legal services to tenants who lost their homes. In 2012, before running for elected office, Frey founded and organized the first Big Gay Race, a 5K charity race to raise money for Minnesotans United for All Families, a political group organizing for marriage equality.
Frey ran in the 2013 Minneapolis City Council election to represent Ward 3. He received the DFL endorsement, as well as endorsements from over 40 elected officials and organizations. Frey's platform promised better constituent services, to spur residential development, increase the number and variety of small and local businesses, and push for full funding of affordable housing and address climate change. He defeated incumbent Diane Hofstede with over 60% of the vote and took office on January 2, 2014.
|Minneapolis City Council Ward 3 election, 2013|
|Political party/principle||Candidate||% 1st Choice||Round 1|
|Green Party of Minnesota||Kristina Gronquist||5.88||357|
|Maximum possible threshold||3,104|
As a City Council member, Frey focused on affordable housing, environmental policy, workplace regulations, and voting access. He authored an amendment to the 2015 budget that increased funding for the city’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund. He also worked to get support for a project in a neighborhood he represented that offers affordable housing to people with a criminal record trying to restart their lives.
In 2016, Frey authored an ordinance requiring polluters to pay fees based on the amount of pollution they produce. The fees are used to support green business improvements. Since the program’s launch, emissions linked to climate change have declined substantially. Frey and the City of Minneapolis were honored at the 2018 US Conference of Mayors for the program's success.
Frey was involved in drafting the council's 2016 paid sick leave ordinance and the 2017 minimum wage ordinance. He was one of the first council members to support a minimum wage ordinance. Frey authored the amendment to the minimum wage ordinance that gave small businesses a longer phase-in than large businesses for implementing the minimum wage.
As chair of the council's Elections Committee, Frey led the effort to pass an ordinance requiring landlords to provide tenants with voter registration information. The ordinance has served as a national model, with cities like Seattle and St. Paul following suit. Frey also led the effort to expand early voting access in Minneapolis ahead of the 2016 election, increasing the number of early voting sites in Minneapolis from one to five.
Frey is Minneapolis's second Jewish mayor, and its second-youngest after Al Hofstede, who was 34 when he was elected mayor in 1973. He campaigned on a platform of increasing support for affordable housing and improving police-community relations.
Frey rolled out reforms to the Minneapolis Police Department’s body camera policy in April 2018. The changes tied non-compliance to stricter disciplinary consequences for the first time. Following the changes, officer compliance with the body camera policy reached record highs.
The first budget Frey authored as mayor focused heavily on affordable housing. Its $40 million allocation to affordable housing was triple what the city previously spent on affordable housing.
In 2018, the Minneapolis City Council voted for Minneapolis 2040, a comprehensive rezoning reform plan. According to Slate, the plan would "permit three-family homes in the city’s residential neighborhoods, abolish parking minimums for all new construction, and allow high-density buildings along transit corridors." Slate wrote that by implementing the plan, "Minneapolis will become the first major U.S. city to end single-family home zoning, a policy that has done as much as any to entrench segregation, high housing costs, and sprawl as the American urban paradigm over the past century."
Jacob Frey married his first wife, Michelle, in 2010.
Frey met his second wife, Sarah Clarke, through community organizing in Minneapolis. The couple married in July 2016. Clarke is a lobbyist for Hylden Advocacy & Law, where she represents several business, non-profit, and community organizations at the Minnesota legislature and executive branch agencies.
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