Mayor Carter in winter in front of cathedral
Mayor Carter in winter in front of cathedral

Mayor Melvin Carter

Melvin Carter is the 46th, and first African-American mayor of the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota’s Capital City.

A fifth-generation Saint Paul resident, Mayor Carter leads with an unapologetic equity agenda. Since taking office in 2018, his accomplishments include raising the city’s minimum wage to $15/hour; tripling free programs in rec centers; eliminating late fines in public libraries; reestablishing an Affordable Housing Trust Fund; expanding immigrant & refugee support resources, and launching an Office of Financial Empowerment. One signature initiative is CollegeBound Saint Paul, Mayor Carter’s plan to start every child born in the city with a $50 College Savings Account, starting January 1, 2020.

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City Council

As the legislative body, the City Council is responsible for setting City policy through ordinances and resolutions. The Council also has sole responsibility for adopting the City’s budget. The Council legislates by passing Ordinances which become City laws. The Council also makes performance auditing decisions and monitors the operation and performance of city agencies and holds regular oversight hearings on city departments to determine how programs are working and whether budgeted funds are being spent well. In its decision-making roles, the City Council actively involves the public through its weekly public meetings.


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Latest News

Mayor Carter Announces Winners of 2023 Saint Paul Sidewalk Poetry Contest

5/26/2023 Mayor's Office

City of Saint Paul, Public Art Saint Paul, and Saint Paul Almanac have chosen 15 winners to coincide with the contest’s 15th anniversary

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RELEASE: Saint Paul City Council Approves Summit Avenue Regional Trail Plan

5/25/2023 Parks & Recreation

The Saint Paul City Council last night voted 6-1 to approve the Summit Avenue Regional Trail Plan. The plan will now go to the Metropolitan Council for final review and approval to guide future transportation, pedestrian, and parkway improvements within the 5.4-mile corridor that runs from Mississippi River Boulevard to Shepard Road via Summit Avenue and Kellogg Boulevard.

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Shepard Road/Warner Road reopens between Eagle Parkway and Hwy 61 in Saint Paul on Friday, May 26 by 6 p.m.

5/25/2023 Public Works

The City of Saint Paul, in coordination with Ramsey County, will reopen Shepard Road/Warner Road to vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic on Friday, May 26, 2023 by 6 p.m.

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Governor Walz Announces Expansion of Lockheed Martin Subsidiary in Saint Paul

5/23/2023 Mayor's Office

Expansion to create 100+ jobs and invest $60 million in partnership with DEED and City of Saint Paul

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Last Edited: April 21, 2023