Humphrey School Alumnus Melvin Carter Elected Mayor of Saint Paul
November 8, 2017—Humphrey School alumnus Melvin Carter III will become mayor of Saint Paul, elected Tuesday night by an overwhelming majority. Carter (MPP ’11), a former Saint Paul City Council member, will be the first African American to serve as mayor of Minnesota’s capital city.
“We extend heartfelt congratulations to Mayor-elect Carter,” says Laura Bloomberg, dean of the Humphrey School. “Melvin embodies outstanding leadership characteristics and we are proud that the voters of Saint Paul have put their faith in one of our alumni. I’m confident that the leadership skills and training he received at the Humphrey School will serve him—and residents of Saint Paul—well.”
Carter told Minnesota Public Radio this morning that he won’t soon tire of hearing messages of “congratulations” and promised to work diligently to make his campaign promises become reality.
Carter currently serves as executive director of the Minnesota Children’s Cabinet. He won the election with 51 percent of votes, and succeeds Chris Coleman, who did not seek reelection and is running for Minnesota governor.
The Humphrey School awarded Carter a Public Leadership Award in 2015, for his achievements related to equity and inclusion, social justice, and the well-being of youth in our community. Watch Carter's 2015 award acceptance speech.