But she'll face competition as Jacob Frey, a young attorney who ran for the state Senate in 2011, looks to match that energy and take her 3rd Ward seat.
Four city councilmembers have endorsed Frey
, while three others have backed Hofstede.
was on the University of Minnesota campus last week, meeting supporters at fraternities, Blarney Pub
and Grill and in the North Loop for a campaign event.
said even he's
surprised at how much support his
campaign has attracted so far.
"We've got some very intense and excited supporters," he
said, "and I hope to keep it that way."
"I think those are characteristics of Jacob's
that will serve him pretty well being an engaged and effective councilmember."
offers the type of fresh, activist-oriented leadership residents of the 3rd Ward are looking for," he
said endorsements are nice, but gaining delegates and votes is what he's
"Our campaign is not a trickle-down political approach," he
has held several campaign events near campus and said he
wants student voices heard in city government.
"Students are part of the community," he
"... to exclude them from the process is to devalue the potential for them to settle here."
been making an effort to meet all the students who support him, and some have taken notice.
last meet-and-greet was focused on keeping young people in Minneapolis, which he
says is crucial to its future.
"You want to retain intelligent, forward-thinking people in the community," he
said, "and it'd be stupid to exclude them."