ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — There was a number of focus this fall on Minneapolis’ contested mayoral election. Over in St. Paul, Mayor Melvin Carter cruised to a re-election victory, profitable more than 62% of the vote — beating his closest rival by 49 share factors.
As he prepares to enter his second time period, Mayor Carter sat down with WCCO’s Esme Murphy to speak about his bold social agenda, as nicely the difficulty on everybody’s thoughts: rising crime.
When we requested if St. Paul was secure, Carter replied “absolutely” — however lots of people might disagree with him. A document 35 murders have occurred within the metropolis this yr, and 15 people were shot two months ago at a packed bar near downtown.
“We’ve had, along with the whole rest of the country and the whole rest of the world, some really heartbreaking things happen in our community,” Carter mentioned. “We’re always going to push to be even safer.”
The mayor’s security plan contains social staff responding to psychological well being crises, improved avenue lighting and extra free packages for younger individuals.
“The traditional approaches to public safety haven’t brought us the outcomes that we wanted to bring,” he mentioned.
St. Paul is presently being sued by each the police and hearth division unions over the mayor’s vaccine mandate, which has a Dec. 31 deadline. Carter mentioned he doesn’t know offhand what number of officers and firefighters have been vaccinated.
Another urgent concern for Carter is that he plans to ask the town council to exempt new building from the three% rental cap voters permitted final month. He is backing a pilot assured earnings plan for 125 St. Paul households who’re getting $500 a month. The objective is nothing type of eliminating poverty.
“This is a man-made problem and we can see our ways out of it through policies like this,” he mentioned.
And he has a fee learning reparations for Black residents whose households misplaced belongings when the Rondo neighborhood was bulldozed within the 60s.
An bold local weather change agenda requires carbon neutrality by 2050. All of this has insiders pointing to the 42-year-old mayor as the way forward for the Minnesota DFL. But does he have aspirations for larger workplace?
“The weird thing about me is I am in love with municipal government,” Carter mentioned. “At this point, there’s nothing I can imagine that would be a greater thrill than continuing to lead St. Paul forward.”
Like Minneapolis, St. Paul is available in the market for a brand new police chief. Todd Axtell is stepping down. Mayor Carter says he’s trying each internally and externally at candidates for the job.