Hofstede, Frey battle for Ward 3

Minneapolis City Council Member Diane Hofstede and her challenger, attorney Jacob Frey, faced off tonight in their only scheduled debate before local DFLers decide which of them — if either — to endorse.

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Jacob Frey, left, is challenging two-term incumbent Diane Hofstede for her seat on the Minneapolis City Council. (MPR Photo/Curtis Gilbert)

Listen to the whole debate here:

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“I have been your neighbor and your friend,” Hofstede told the audience, stressing her family’s deep roots in the city and her long record in elected office.

Frey touted his work as a community organizer and presented himself as a forward-thinking alternative.

“I envision a ward that isn’t divided by a river but is connected by it, a ward that’s an attractive option for families,” he said. “And that means a school, a park, maybe even a children’s museum.”

The DFL will try to make an endorsement May 4, and each candidate has pledged to drop out of the race if the other gets the nod.

The race has divided the City Council. So far three of them have endorsed Hofstede, and in an unusual move, four of them endorsed Frey, a political newcomer.

  • It’s excited to see a new, fresh leader emerging from this race like Jacob Frey.

    In our new Third Ward, we need a forward thinking leader like Jacob Frey who will be an advocate for our community, build bridges with his peers on the City Council and responsive to us.

  • The new Third Ward needs a fresh voice on the Minneapolis City Council like Jacob Frey. He offers us a vision on how we can move Minneapolis forward.

    Jacob will be a strong voice and advocate for our neighborhoods. I have had the pleasure of working with Jacob and know he will make an excellent City Councilman.

  • Ellen Wolfson

    Jacob will be responsive to the needs of his constituents and the responsibilities of his office. We need new young voices in our city.

  • Constituent

    This video shows that CM Diane Hofstede is a proven leader with a lifetime of experience in the Third Ward. One only needs took at http://www.dianehofstede.com to see her long list of achievements for the citizens in the Third Ward. The new Third Ward needs her strong, progressive leadership to ensure that we all move forward together to achieve our common goals and improve the quality of life for ALL residents and stakeholders.

    There is a clear choice in this race. My vote goes to Diane because Diane gets it done.