Mayor Betsy Hodges, in her inaugural address Monday, echoed her “One Minneapolis” campaign theme of finding ways to eliminate persistent opportunity gaps in education, housing and job opportunities between white citizens and those of color.
"Being more than great, and ending these disparities, is the smart thing to do," said Hodges of the city’s goals, "because when we do it, there will be no end to growth or greatness as One Minneapolis."
Hodges’ remarks were delivered in a crowded rotunda at Minneapolis City Hall following her formal swearing-in ceremony.
“Every elected leader in this Rotunda today,” she said, “was sent here by the people of Minneapolis to do three things:
“It also means that in every part of Minneapolis, we must maintain and grow the middle-class backbone of our city,” she said. “That backbone is the envy of every other city in the country. It has kept us strong and it will make us stronger.”
The new mayor also praised her predecessor and alluded to his weekend health episode: “Over the past decade, we have been great at running the city well. No one played a larger role in that than R.T. Rybak, who we miss here today and wish a speedy—but thorough!—recovery.
“We ran the city well not by luck, though, but through hard work and our willingness to make tough choices.”
She also offered snapshots of a reinvigorated city:
Joining the six returning members are: Ward 3—Jacob Frey, Ward 5—Blong Yang, Ward 6—Abdi Warsame, Ward 9—Alondra Cano, Ward 10—Lisa Bender, Ward 12—Andrew Johnson and Ward 13—Linea Palmisano.