Mar 2, 2021 - News

Ex-Rep. Kate Knuth enters Minneapolis mayoral race

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Kate Knuth, a former DFL state representative, is running for Minneapolis mayor.

The state of play: Knuth, who announced this morning, joins community organizer Sheila June Nezhad in challenging Mayor Jacob Frey in November.

What she's saying: "We are at a critical moment in our city and on the planet," per a press release.

  • "Now is the moment we can build new, better systems that truly work for all of us regardless of race, income, zip code, gender or ability."

What to watch: Police reform will be a central issue in the wake of George Floyd's death.

  • Knuth supports the charter amendment to get rid of MPD and replace it with a "public safety department that includes multiple ways to create public safety, including first responders who can help solve problems."
  • She said in campaign materials that armed peace officers would not be removed from the department "now or even in the next four years."

Her backstory: Knuth represented New Brighton and nearby communities at the Legislature from 2007 to 2013. She now lives in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood with her husband and daughter.

  • She briefly worked under Frey when she was on a grant-funded position as the city's chief resilience officer. Former Mayor Betsy Hodges had appointed her to the post before Frey was elected.
  • At the time of her departure in 2018, Knuth said she and Frey had different visions for the job.

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