Carter's Win Could Point to Bigger Political Picture

November 08, 2017 06:15 PM

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Melvin Carter won St. Paul's mayoral election with almost 51 percent of the vote Tuesday.


He will become St. Paul's first black mayor.

And he was back out sharing handshakes and hugs with supporters Wednesday, just hours after learning he received more than half the vote of St. Paul residents.

"This is a dream come true," he said. "I grew up in this city - in the rec centers and libraries. My first city job was an intern in the department of planning and economic development. So the opportunity to serve this city as mayor is just a dream come true."

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One political analyst believes Carter could be the next star in the DFL party.

Political expert Larry Jacobs said Carter stitched together a powerful coalition of professionals, young people and people of color - giving him support throughout the city.

"If there is an opening to run for Congress in St. Paul, or perhaps in the future for a statewide office, he's going to be on the short list," Jacobs said.

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But Jacobs said Carter has his work cut out for him. He has to establish a record of accomplishment.

Yet Jacobs said Carter has clearly got some political pizzazz.

"Skill among politicians varies a lot," Jacobs said. "Ronald Reagan had it. He was a great communicator. President Obama had it. And I think we see some of that already in Melvin Carter."

Carter said some of his top priorities are raising the minimum wage and rebuilding the relationship between the community and police.

After a quick stop at city hall Wednesday morning, Carter was trying to get some quiet time at home with his family.



Jessica Miles

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