Jacob Frey (born 1981) is an American politician and the mayor-elect of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. In 2013, he was elected to the Minneapolis City Council, representing the Third Ward. His family is of Russian-Jewish descent.
Representing the Third Ward on the City Council, Frey also is on the board of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas. He said that he has attended both Temple Israel and Shir Tikvah, Reform shuls in Minneapolis. “The Jewish community was so welcoming here in Minneapolis,” he commented. “When I moved out here, it was heartwarming to be welcomed by a loving and warm community of Jews. And those relations have just grown deeper.” And Frey mentioned that the Jewish community also welcomed his wife, Sarah Clarke, who is planning on converting to Judaism.
Jacob Frey is without a doubt one of the most influential people in raising awareness and money for Minnesotans United for All Families to defeat the anti-marriage amendment this November. As the organizer behind the Big Gay Race in 2011 and again this year in 2012, Frey has become one of the biggest allies for GLBT people and marriage equality. Frey says that many people question his involvement as a straight ally, but he has an immediate reply. “It’s because it just sucks,” Frey says. “If I’m getting screwed over, I would want people to stand up for me as well. The way I look at it is that you don’t need to be part of the population that’s getting screwed to stand up and say it’s wrong.”
A memorial created by a white supremacist group [Editor's note: IE is not a "white supremacist" group.] to honor an Australian woman killed by a Somali officer last summer has been removed by Minneapolis police. [...] Damond died at the scene. No charges have been filed. [...] Jacob Frey, Minneapolis’ mayor-elect, condemned the memorial. “I condemn the perpetrators and their tactics in the strongest possible terms,” Frey said in a statement. “Identity Evropa and those who share their values have no place in our city. Hate has no place in Minneapolis. Period.”
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