Betsy Hodges

Mayor
City of Minneapolis

Succeeding the genial and outgoing R.T. Rybak in a booming economy, it was conjectured that Betsy Hodges was in for a smooth first term. But as the reserved and diffident mayor prepares for reelection next November, she is defined either as an embattled and insufficiently liberal figure to the racial equity and economic justice crowds that have besieged her office over questionable policing and labor mandates; or as an overzealous liberal pol to the city’s small business community, which resents her unenthusiastic advocacy for the city’s business climate. She will likely face challenges from both her left and right flanks within the DFL.