Melvin Carter (politician)

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Melvin Carter
55th Mayor of St. Paul
Assumed office
January 2, 2018 (2018-Jan-02)
Preceded by Chris Coleman
Member of the Saint Paul City Council for Ward 1
In office
January 2008 – July 2013
Preceded by Debbie Montgomery
Succeeded by Nathaniel Khaliq (interim)
Personal details
Born 1979 (age 38–39)
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Political party Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Spouse(s) Sakeena Carter
Children 2
Residence St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Alma mater Florida A&M University (B.S.)
University of Minnesota (MPP)
Profession Former Executive Director, Minnesota Children's Cabinet

Melvin W. Carter III (born 1979) is an American politician who has served as Mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota since 2018.[1] He was elected in November 2017, and is the first African American mayor of the city.[2]

Melvin Carter was born in the Rondo Neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is the son of Toni Carter, a Ramsey County commissioner, and Melvin Carter, Jr., a now-retired St. Paul police officer.[3] He attended Saint Paul Central High School in St. Paul. He was an UMTYMP (University of Minnesota Talented Youth in Mathematics Program) student all through junior high and high school, studying math and staying at University of Minnesota's Middlebrook Hall during the summer.[4]

He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in business administration from Florida A&M University and his Masters in Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He was a member of the Saint Paul City Council from 2008 to 2013.[5][6]

Melvin was married to his first wife, Alecia Carter, from 2003 to 2011; the couple share two daughters together. Melvin remarried in July of 2017 as his campaign was heating up. His second wife, Sakeena Futrell-Carter has three children from two previous relationships.

Carter’s cousin Kenjon Barner is a running back in the NFL who currently plays for the New England Patriots.

Saint Paul Mayoral Election Results (First Choice) - 2017[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Melvin Carter III 31,353 50.86
Nonpartisan Pat Harris 15,281 24.79
Nonpartisan Dai Thao 7,590 12.31
Nonpartisan Elizabeth Dickinson 2,927 4.75
Nonpartisan Tom Goldstein 2,360 3.83
Nonpartisan Other candidates 2,135 3.46
Total votes 61,646 100.00


  1. ^ "Melvin Carter sworn in as St. Paul's first new mayor in 12 years; Frey takes office in Minneapolis". Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  2. ^ "Melvin Carter elected St. Paul's first African-American mayor". November 8, 2017. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  3. ^ "District 4 - Carter - Ramsey County". Ramsey County. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  4. ^ Kiser, Kim. "' St. Paul's son: U of M Grad On Leading His City And The Importance of Higher Education". U of M Legacy. Vol. Spring 2018. University of Minnesota. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "About - Melvin Carter". Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  6. ^ Walsh, James (March 27, 2018). ""Melvin Carter's historic rise from Old Rondo to St. Paul's 'made-for-this' mayor: If you were surprised to see a child of old Rondo rise up and capture the mayor's office in St. Paul, then you've never met Melvin Carter"". Star Tribune. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  7. ^ "MN Election Results". Retrieved November 10, 2017.