In 2013, Jacob Frey was elected to represent Ward 3. Frey grew up in Northern Virginia, and received a track scholarship to attend the College of William and Mary. After graduating with a degree in government, Jacob received a contract from a shoe company to run professionally, and successfully competed for Team USA. He simultaneously attended law school at Villanova University, from which he graduated cum laude. One of the races Jacob ran was the Twin Cities Marathon, and Frey immediately fell in love with Minneapolis. The day after graduation he moved to Minneapolis to begin his legal career.

While practicing law at Faegre & Benson (now Faegre Baker Daniels) and then Halunen Law, Jacob established a strong commitment for community organization, and helping those who are less fortunate. Since moving to Minneapolis, and before taking elected office Jacob championed a wide range of causes from founding The Big Gay Race to representing employees experiencing discrimination in the workplace. Frey serves as the chair of the City Council’s Elections & Rules Committee and as the vice chair of the Community Development & Regulatory Services Committee.

Source: City of Minneapolis Ward 3

“In addition to implicit bias training, which needs to be expanded, in addition to procedural justice, in addition to recognizing that when a cop is tired, or hungry or sick or forced to make a split second decision, yeah that bias comes out. That bias comes out in everyone, including myself, and I think we need to acknowledge it, especially as a white male, we have it and we need to confront it, we need to deal with it. Now simultaneously, we need to make sure that the cops do have the ability to be community police. And that means that they have the time to get out of the car, talk to the small local business, talk to the residents, understand the street and then to proactively keep people safe.”
Source: Minneapolis Mayor Forum, 3/8/17

Voted against including a measure to require police officers to carry liability insurance as a 2016 ballot referendum.
Source: City Council Proceedings, 8/5/16

“Council Member Jacob Frey said he has long supported a city minimum wage that’s higher than the state’s. But he took time to explain why he opposed holding a referendum on the issue last year. … “When you legislate via referendum, you’re forced to set the language maybe six or seven months in advance, and when you do so, you can’t change it,” Frey said. “And in every piece of major legislation that I’ve ever been involved with, there’s major changes that happen in the last two weeks alone.””
Source: MPR, 3/9/17

On fair scheduling: “Do I support a mandate to schedule 28 days in advance followed by some sort of fee if any other changes? No, I do not.”
Source: Minneapolis Mayor Forum, 3/8/17

On funding affordable housing: “What we need right now more than ever is a very consistent pot of funding that’s not competing with your classic city issues of cops and fire and streets.”
Source: Minneapolis Mayor Forum, 3/8/17

Regarding a 15-condo development in Northeast: “The goal is to produce an urban midrise development that is owner-occupied and including a component of affordable housing. I’m excited because it’s a combination of owner-occupied, which is needed, and affordable home ownership, which is rarely done effectively,” Frey said. “I’m very pumped at the prospect. But we’ve still got a long way to go.”
Source: City Pages, 6/26/17

Voted to increase affordable housing investment by $9 million for 2017, despite no direct benefits for his ward.
Source: City Council Proceedings 11/4/16

“In addition to the political and social resistance, we also need to think about the legal resistance and we need to find the real mechanisms to protect our community here in Minneapolis.” … In response to a follow up question, Frey said he would use his office if elected mayor to undermine ICE raids.
Source: Mayoral Forum, 4/13/17

“The mayor has direct control over the MPD, and I look forward to leveraging that position in opposition to Trump’s anti-immigrant hate-mongering.”
Source: NOC 2017 Mayoral Race Q&A

“Donald Trump’s attack on sanctuary cities through executive order will not gain an inch in Minneapolis. Every elected official and our entire compassionate city stand firmly with our immigrant community.”
Source: Frey’s FB Page, 1/25/17

Co-authored resolution condemning President Trump’s executive order muslim ban. Resolution also worked to establish Sanctuary City Task force.
Source: City Council Proceedings, 2/10/2017

Voted in support of resettling Syrian refugees in Minneapolis as well as calling on other communities to support the resettlemeent of Syrian refugees.
Source: City Council Proceedings, 1/13/17

Frey said as the city uses its resources to attract business investment in north Minneapolis it must require a certain level of hiring from north Minneapolis as well.
Source: Twin Cities Business, 4/11/17

“Because I believe so strongly that preventing the displacement of communities is crucial, I know that building and supporting affordable and/or public housing in all areas of the city, including near light rail stops, is crucial.”
Source: NOC 2017 Mayoral Race Q&A

Referring to tech business developments in the third ward: “I’ve gotten jabbed for some of these projects (all in the 3rd Ward, and on previously polluted sites and/or surface parking lots), but here are the clear results: hundreds of tech jobs, union projects, and a pipeline of great ideas and progress for the long term….Sometimes the only thing people hate worse than the status quo is any change at all, but in this case I think the change is damn good.
Bring on them jobs! #agreatcityrises”
Source: Frey’s Fb, 5/25/17

Frey said, “65 to 70 percent of the development in the city is in my ward. I’m working like a dog, but I’m having an absolute ball. I ran for office to make sure the potential in this area is realized.”
Source: Star Tribune, 6/2/15

Frey has received $31,200 in campaign contributions from developers and $20,100 from the restaurant industry.
Source: MSP Votes / Frey

Voted to repeal spitting and lurking laws
Source: City Council Proceedings, 6/5/2015

Part of a unanimous City Council vote to create the Transgender Equity Council to identify disparities and work more closely with community members.
Source: Star Tribune 2/12/2017