Born and raised in Minneapolis, Tom Hoch earned his bachelor’s from St. Cloud State University and finished law school at Hamline University.

Hoch’s professional experience includes work for the Minneapolis Community Development Agency and the Historic Theatre Group and as the founding president and CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust, the deputy executive director of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, and a teacher for the Minneapolis Public Schools. He has also served as the chair of the boards of directors of the Minneapolis Downtown Council/Downtown Improvement District and the Animal Humane Society, the president of the St. Anthony East Neighborhood Association, and a member of the executive committee of the Meet Minneapolis Board of Directors, the steering committee for the Ivey Awards, the steering committee for Minneapolis MOSAIC, and the board of directors of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. He and his husband Mark have two children and three grandchildren.


“Hennepin Theater Trust founder Tom Hoch said he will regularly survey residents with a goal of getting 90 percent to say they feel safe in their neighborhoods and have good relations with the police.”
Source: Twin Cities Business, 4/11/17

If we’re doing community-based policing, it’s going to have to take its character of the people who live in those communities. And that’s where we’re going to get the strategies that are really going to work.
Source: Mayoral Forum, 4/13/17

Hoch donated a total of $1,000 from 2014 to 2016 to Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, a Republican who Stanek has praised President Donald Trump and sent deputies and equipment to Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota in October 2016.
Source: Star Tribune, 10/13/17

On $15 minimum wage: “I think we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s let everybody have their say. That’s the way you make policy. Leadership is about listening not just reacting.”
Source: Minneapolis Mayor Forum, 3/8/17

Hoch, describing the passages of a citywide minimum wage ordinance as a certainty, said the city doesn’t know enough about the potential impacts of the change, but that it will be the next mayor’s job to make sure the new ordinance is enforced and to stay on top of the possible consequences.
Source: The Journal, 6/7/17

he Hennepin Theatre Trust, of which Hoch is the president and founder, has a 3.2 out of 5 star rating on workplace review and jobsearch website, with former full-time employees citing poor communication structures.
Source: 2016-2017

In order to solve the affordable housing crisis, you have got to look at it on a metrowide basis. And the mayor of Minneapolis needs to be the chief advocate, getting all the mayors of the other cities to take their fair share, because that is a huge problem for us. And we are not really an island,” Hoch said.”
Source: MPR, 3/9/17

Tom believes we need to place a greater emphasis on project-based assistance in new mixed-income affordable housing developments. Where traditional housing vouchers, like Section 8, enable renters to find affordable units on the open market, project-based assistance is tied to the unit itself. Tying assistance to a unit means we can have greater influence to ensure properties stay affordable. This also gives the city more options in developing affordable housing in every neighborhood. Tom supports an inclusionary zoning policy.
Source: Hoch’s Website / Housing

“The next mayor must take a much more active role in advocating for public housing at the federal level.”
Source: Star Tribune, 7/7/17

Hoch was the Deputy Executive Director of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority for about six years.
Source: Hoch’s Website / Get to Know Tom

Minneapolis is and will remain a sanctuary city. We pride ourselves on being open and welcoming to everyone…it is in our DNA. Our immigrant communities are the lifeblood of our culture and our economy and they deserve every opportunity to realize the American Dream.

Our police officers should not be expected to participate in Donald Trump’s cruel immigration policies. On Tom’s watch, they never will.
Source: Hoch’s Website / Public Safety

I was very displeased when I saw this article about Hennepin County Sheriff Stanek’s decision to notify ICE officials when immigrants are booked. While the mayor of Minneapolis has no direct control over what the county sheriff does, there is a great deal that the mayor can do to aid the immigrant community. By providing clear communication to immigrants about their rights, steps they can take to protect themselves, and who they can turn to when they need help, we can help keep our immigrants where they belong — in our city.
Source: Hoch’s Fb Page, 7/10/17

We need inclusive, equitable development that doesn’t displace people from their communities.
Source: Hoch’s Twitter, 7/13/17

In all development discussions, current residents must be engaged and their active participation in decision-making enabled if we wish to effectively address potential gentrification. … We should also explore the use of land trusts and cooperative housing models to encourage neighborhood specific development and as a tool to address gentrification.
Source: Wedge Times-Picayune, 2017 Candidate Questionaire

Hoch received $5,500 in campaign contributions from developers.
Source: MSP Votes / Hoch

Hoch worked with the Historic Theatre Group and he served as the President and Executive Director of Hennepin Theatre Trust. During his time at each of these organizations, the Historic Theatre Group restored the Pantages Theatre and worked to create the West Downtown Minneapolis Cultural District.
Source: Star Tribune, 6/11/16

He also said he would make equity a priority if he became mayor, noting the disproportionate arrest rate and incomes for white, black and Native people in Minneapolis

“We need all of our citizens moving toward prosperity and not just some. Minneapolis should be a beacon for our state and nation, not only in how we lead, but also in what we accomplish and deliver for everyone,” he said.
Source: MPR News 2/21/17

Tom Hoch and his husband Mark Addicks donated between $10,000 and $24,999 during the same-sex marriage amendment debate to Project 515, whose mission was “to ensure that same-sex couples and their families have equal rights and considerations under Minnesota law.”
Source: Project 515 Final Report