The month of May brought many fun events in the community, plus new reasons to brag for Mayor Betsy Hodges.
Mayor Hodges reminisced about her days on the debate team as a high school student when she joined Mayor Chris Coleman and Commissioner Michael Rothman at the Minnesota Urban Debate League “Mayor’s Challenge.” The trio judged a debate between two teams representing Minneapolis and Saint Paul high school students.
She stopped by her neighborhood pet store to visit Chuck and Don’s with the U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Congressman Keith Ellison and State Rep. Ryan Winkler. The group talked with the owners of the pet store, who decided to start paying workers a minimum wage of $10.10 earlier this year. U.S. Labor Secretary Perez visited Minneapolis-Saint Paul to talk about the importance of raising the federal minimum wage and to thank local legislators for their work in raising the state minimum wage during this year’s legislative session.
The Minneapolis Police Department hosted a series of Open Houses during Police Week. Mayor Hodges stopped by the Third Precinct to talk with officers and meet some community members.
At the Be the Match Walk+Run at Lake Harriet, Mayor Hodges showed how easy it is to join the bone marrow registry. She swabbed her cheeks to become a donor and then kicked off the races. Be the Match national headquarters are based in Minneapolis and will move next year to new headquarters in the North Loop of Minneapolis.
Mayor Hodges stopped by Emerson Spanish Immersion Learning Center for a community celebration honoring Dr. Josie R. Johnson. Mayor Hodges read a proclamation declaring May 23, 2014 “Dr. Josie R. Johnson Day in the City of Minneapolis” before enjoying songs by the children.
Following the celebration, the children were quick to approach the mayor, asking for hugs and pictures, to shake her hand and to get her autograph.
She also took some time to brag about Minneapolis winning the 2018 Superbowl bid. She joined Council President Barb Johnson and Council Member Jacob Frey to talk with the media, saying:
“I am thrilled that Minneapolis will host the 2018 Super Bowl. This is our opportunity to shine on a nationwide and worldwide platform and to brag like crazy about how great we are for the next four years.”
Mayor Hodges spoke with media again after announcing the members of her Cradle to K Cabinet, a major initiative of her administration aimed at closing the achievement gap in the city’s education system by eliminating disparities for children from prenatal to three years old.