Mayor Betsy Hodges is planning to run for a second term. File photo

Mayor Betsy Hodges is planning to run for a second term. File photo

Hodges to announce re-election campaign

Bid for second term begins with event in South Minneapolis

Betsy Hodges plans to launch her campaign for a second term as Minneapolis’ mayor tonight.

A re-election campaign kick-off event is planned for 5:30 p.m. at Urban Ventures’ Colin Powell Center, 2924 4th Ave. S., in the Phillips West neighborhood. Hodges emerged from a field of more than 30 candidates to win her place in the mayor’s office in 2013, the second mayoral election to use ranked-choice voting.

Hodges previously served two terms as a City Council member representing Ward 13.

Former University of St. Thomas law professor Nekima Levy-Pounds announced her intention to run for mayor in November, about a month after she stepped down as president of the Minneapolis NAACP.