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

Saint Paul Awards Nearly $1.3 Million in Funding to 66 Arts and Cultural Organizations

11/16/2023 Planning & Economic Development

For more than 25 years, the Cultural STAR program has supported local arts and cultural organizations and strengthened downtown as a vital cultural destination.

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Winter Special Events & Holiday Parties

11/16/2023 Parks & Recreation

There's snow place like Saint Paul! Celebrate the season with Saint Paul Parks and Recreation at a holiday party or winter special event.

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Mayor Carter and City of Saint Paul Celebrate Major Milestones with Evie Carshare

11/14/2023 Mayor's Office

In partnership with HOURCAR, Evie Carshare logs 150,000+ trips and 1.5 million zero-emission miles

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Happy Halloween from Saint Paul Parks and Recreation!

10/31/2023 Parks & Recreation

Each year, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation staff celebrate Halloween by dressing up as our favorite characters from the TV show "Parks and Recreation". From all of us at Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, we wish you a safe and happy Halloween!

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Last Edited: November 17, 2023