MINNEAPOLIS - The votes have finally been tabulated and Democratic City Council member Betsy Hodges is the Mayor-Elect of Minneapolis.
Workers at the city clerk's office spent more than 48 hours tabulating the votes. The city used a ranked-choice voting process that allowed people to designate a second and third choice.
Thirty-five people ran to replace three-term Mayor R.T. Rybak.
Hodges' closest rival in the race was former Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Andrew. He conceded Wednesday night.
According to the Minneapolis officials, Hodges got 38,870 votes, Andrew got 24,972 and Hodges got 49% of the vote.
Hodges met with St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman Thursday to talk about future plans for the Twin Cities.
Mayor-Elect Hodges made the following statement Thursday night:
"I want to thank my opponents, many of whom I have spoken with over the past few days. They all waged fine campaigns and it is an honor to have been in the field with them. And thank you so much to the people of Minneapolis for the faith you have placed in me to be your next Mayor. R.T. Rybak is the Mayor until January second - and you can tell because he has a big agenda he is working on until the end, and I will support him in that work the best I can. I look forward to working together to build a city by everybody, for everybody, and with everybody. When we do that, we become a city that is greater than the sum of its parts. Together we have a future that is far, far better than what we could do separated. I could not have gotten to this point alone. It would have been impossible to reach all parts of this city with our message without a lot of people carrying that message. Together with a coalition of the most effective progressive grassroots movement-builders, our staff and supporters have worked tirelessly to get us where we are and I am humbled by the enormity of their efforts. John F. Kennedy said, 'As we express our gratitude we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.' On January Second it will be my job to live my gratitude by doing what I said I'd do: Work with you, the community, to build and grow Minneapolis. To bring more people here based on the common ground, building on our progress to create an ever greater city as one Minneapolis."
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