After days of counting, city election results announced

It was the city’s first open mayoral election using a ranked-choice voting system.

Jessica Lee

Minneapolis officials declared election winners late last week after spending nearly 50 hours counting votes.

It was the city’s first open mayoral election using a ranked-choice voting system.

Former Ward 13 City Councilwoman Betsy Hodges became the next mayor of Minneapolis on Thursday after a 33-round elimination process. She’ll be sworn in Jan. 2, succeeding three-term Mayor R.T. Rybak.

She won with nearly 14,000 more votes than Mark Andrew, who came in second. He conceded Tuesday night.

After tabulating results of the mayoral race, city officials began counting votes Friday for three City Council races in which no candidate received a majority of first-choice votes on election night.

City officials confirmed that Blong Yang will replace former Ward 5 City Councilman Don Samuels — who ran for mayor instead of City Council. They also confirmed that Alondra Cano will succeed Ward 9 City Councilman Gary Schiff, who didn’t run for political office this year, and that Linea Palmisano will represent Ward 13.

Of the 13 City Council seats, newcomers will occupy more than half.