Melvin Carter (politician)

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Melvin Carter
St Paul Mayor, Melvin Carter at Red Bull Crashed Ice, St Paul MN (39768482221) (cropped1).jpg
46th Mayor of St. Paul
Assumed office
January 2, 2018
Preceded byChris Coleman
Member of the Saint Paul City Council
from the 1st ward
In office
January 2008 – July 2013
Preceded byDebbie Montgomery
Succeeded byNathaniel Khaliq (interim)
Personal details
Born (1979-01-08) January 8, 1979 (age 41)
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Dr. Sakeena Futrell-Carter
EducationFlorida A&M University (BS)
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MPP)

Melvin W. Carter III (born January 8, 1979) is an American politician who has served as mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota, since 2018.[1] Elected to his first term in November 2017, Carter is the 46th mayor of Minnesota's capital city and its first African American mayor. [2]

Prior to his election, Mayor Carter served as a Saint Paul City Council member from 2008 to 2013 and vice-chair of the council. He also served as founding-board chair of the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood, director of the Minnesota Office of Early Learning, and as executive director of the Minnesota Children's Cabinet, advising former Governor Mark Dayton on early childhood policy. [3]

A fourth-generation Saint Paul resident, Carter and his administration believe in building a city that works for all residents. His accomplishments since taking office include, among others:
— Raising the city's minimum wage to $15;
— Forming the Office of Financial Empowerment to connect low-income families to financial education and services;
— Serving on the national-climate Mayors Steering Committee;
— Reestablishing an Affordable Housing Trust Fund;
— Leading once-in-a-generation developments in Saint Paul like the Ford Site and transformation of the city riverfront;
— Eliminating late fees at public libraries, sharply increasing library attendance;
— Expanding immigrant and refugee support resources;
— Developing and launching cornerstone programs that invest in children and families, such as CollegeBound Saint Paul and the Families First Housing Pilot.


Carter in 2018

A graduate of Saint Paul Central High School, Carter obtained a bachelor's degree in business administration from Florida A&M University and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Personal life

Carter was born in the historic Rondo Neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is the son of Toni Carter, a Ramsey County commissioner, and Melvin Carter, Jr., a now-retired St. Paul police officer. He was an UMTYMP (University of Minnesota Talented Youth in Mathematics Program) student through junior high and high school. He is an alumnus of Saint Paul Central High School.[4]

Carter resides in Saint Paul's Rondo neighborhood with his wife, Sakeena Futrell-Carter, and their children.

Saint Paul Mayoral Election Results (First Choice) - 2017[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Melvin Carter III 31,353 50.86
Nonpartisan Pat Harris 15,281 24.79
Nonpartisan Dai Thao 7,590 12.31
Nonpartisan Elizabeth Dickinson 2,927 4.75
Nonpartisan Tom Goldstein 2,360 3.83
Nonpartisan Other candidates 2,135 3.46
Total votes 61,646 100.00


  1. ^ "Melvin Carter sworn in as St. Paul's first new mayor in 12 years; Frey takes office in Minneapolis". Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  2. ^ "Melvin Carter elected St. Paul's first African-American mayor". November 8, 2017. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
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  4. ^ url= the Mayor|date=2017-11-10|website=Saint Paul, Minnesota|language=en|access-date=2019-10-18
  5. ^ "MN Election Results". Retrieved November 10, 2017.
Political offices
Preceded by
Chris Coleman
Mayor of St. Paul
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