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William & Mary alumnus wins mayoral seat

By Phoebe Brannock '18 November 20, 2017

On Election Day throughout the country, excitement levels run high. In the city of Minneapolis, excitement reached the upper echelons. Vote tallying ran into the next morning as election officials combed through the ballots. After hours of counting, Jacob Frey ’04 won the election, earning a total of 46,716 votes out of 104,522 votes cast, according to the Minnesota Public Radio News.

Frey, a native of Northern Virginia, moved to Minneapolis after law school to accept a position at the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels. In 2011, he served as a volunteer attorney for the city’s tornado victims and has served on the city council since 2013. During his time at William & Mary, Frey ran track and cross-country. He was a three-time NCAA cross-country qualifier and a two-time CAA 5,000 meter champion.

According to the MPR news, Frey ran against four other Democrats on a platform of increasing affordable housing and community policing. He is also passionate about increasing citizens’ access to technology, education, and employment. Frey’s term will run for four years.