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R.T. Rybak

R.T. Rybak was first elected Mayor of Minneapolis in 2001 in his first run for public office and was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2005 to serve another term for the people of Minneapolis.

Mayor Rybak took office facing a post-9/11 budget crisis and deep state and federal budget cuts. He responded by implementing innovative fiscal reforms that saved taxpayers millions by reducing $90 million of debt, reigning in government spending and delivering balanced budgets every year.

Rybak’s other accomplishments include recruiting Allina and the Global Market to the Midtown Exchange, closing the City’s employment gap, creating 2,500 new housing units in three years with the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, growing the police department by 100 officers in the last two years and launching the innovative Minneapolis 311 phone system.

Mayor Rybak is now leading efforts to revitalize north Minneapolis, attack juvenile crime, make Minneapolis a wireless city, end homelessness in ten years, and significantly reduce the City’s energy consumption to combat global climate change.

Mayor Rybak is a lifelong Minneapolis resident and the son of a pharmacist in the Phillips neighborhood. Rybak currently lives in the East Harriet neighborhood of Minneapolis with his wife, Megan, and their two children Grace and Charlie.

Mayor Rybak truly believes that Minneapolis has the potential to become the great American city of our time and his Great City Agenda to achieve that vision includes making Minneapolis a safe place to call home, creating jobs and economic opportunity for all, preparing the next generation of youth for their future, building a great city with great transit, and running the City government well, but running it for a reason.

You can contact Mayor Rybak directly at rt@minneapolis.org or 612-673-2100.

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Jeremy Hanson Willis

Jeremy Hanson Willis is Mayor Rybak’s Communications Director and Press Secretary, a post he has held since 2005.  Jeremy is responsible for coordinating Mayor Rybak’s media relations, speech writing, social media, and overall communications strategy.

Prior to arriving in Mayor Rybak’s office, Jeremy was a communications consultant at the public relations firm Tunheim Partners where he supported public advocacy campaigns involving media relations, coalition building and grassroots advocacy. Previously, Jeremy spent nearly ten years in the nonprofit issue advocacy world, including advocating for the causes of the Minnesota Smoke-Free Coalition and the Minnesota AIDS Project.

Growing up in Ada, MN, Jeremy is a graduate of Macalester College and has lived in Minneapolis since 1998. He currently lives in the Windom Park neighborhood of northeast Minneapolis with his husband Sam, dog Chauncey and cat Dynamo.

You can contact Jeremy directly at jeremy.hanson@ci.minneapolis.mn.us or 612-306-5274.

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