Frequently Asked Questions
What is Eyes on Frey?
Eyes on Frey is a fact-based, journalistic report card on Minneapolis Mayor-Elect Jacob Frey’s performance in achieving his electoral promises. This site will track Mayor-Elect Frey’s work and report on which promises Frey achieved, and which ones perhaps weren’t kept. Each promise is cited to the candidate forum, campaign ad, video, interview, or website material where the promise was made. Eyes on Frey will provide sources-cited analysis at the time of a determination is made on whether a promise was kept, broken, or compromised. At major checkpoints throughout Mayor Frey’s term as mayor, Eyes on Frey will summarize his progress.
How will Eyes on Frey gauge success?
Mayor-Elect Frey made many specific promises that can be affirmatively proven or disproven, such as implementing a specific policy. It may be that a specific policy isn’t sufficient, or that some of Mayor-Elect Frey’s promises were broad or vague. Analyzing those items is more difficult, but Eyes on Frey will include sources-cited analysis and seek community feedback. It may also be that Frey accomplishes something, but it’s reversed or canceled in some way. Eyes on Frey will revise determinations if such a situation occurs. Some of Frey’s promises were ongoing commitments, such as doing something every month. After Frey begins following through with such commitments, they will be marked as ‘In Progress’ and then later ‘Achieved’ if it becomes a pattern. However, if that commitment dwindles (not just once, but as a pattern), the completion determination will be revised and analyzed. And finally, because this is politics after all, it might be appropriate to mark some items as ‘Compromised’.
What qualifies as a promise?
Mayor-Elect Frey made many explicit promises, but some promises weren’t as clear. Not all statements clearly began with “As Mayor, I will…,” but rather were projections of the future under his leadership, or statements of his desires or interests (“We can…,” “I think we should…,” “I’d like to see…”). Because voters ultimately relied on those statements in choosing their candidate, this site will count them as promises. However, in making determinations on whether Mayor-Elect Frey achieved those promises, the specificity of the promise will be taken into account to remain fair. As an example, Mayor-Elect Frey said in a WCCO interview, “We want seniors to be able to walk down the street and their sidewalk without, for instance, slipping on a bunch of ice. We need to make sure they feel like they’re part of the city and are able to get around again.” He made no explicit promises, but the implication is that he will do something as mayor about seniors being unable to navigate their neighborhoods, so that’s the promise Eyes on Frey logged. Frey will never be able to ensure no senior slips and falls on an icy sidewalk, but if he does something to work toward improvements upon the status quo, that will count as an achieved promise.
Aren’t some of these promises already in progress?
Yes. Some of Mayor-elect Frey’s promises involve work already in progress. Some of that work Frey started as the Ward 3 City Council Member, some of the work was started by Mayor Betsy Hodges, and some by Frey’s other colleagues. In fact, at least one of Frey’s promises is already complete today, before Frey takes office. After the inauguration, more detail will be added about some of these promises to appropriately identify and clarify the work Frey intends to do as mayor.
Do you oppose Jacob Frey?
Not at all. Jacob Frey, like all his opponents, ran for office to dedicate himself to the improvement of Minneapolis. His path to improving the city is paved with his electoral promises. Not everyone will agree with the premise or priority of those specific promises, but promises-kept is at least one critical measure of a candidate’s success. This is an accountability project, not a political one. This website was planned long before the election, before the winner was even known. Eyes on Frey will never endorse or make statements in support of, or against, any of Frey’s future opponents.
Why didn’t this exist for Mayor Hodges?
That’s a great question, and in fact, the motivation for doing it now. Mayor Hodges achieved many of her campaign promises, and broke many others. There’s no clear and concise guide to what promises reached which outcome, and it became a contested issue in the 2017 municipal election. What would have helped Minneapolis voters make a decision, in my opinion, would be a report card on whether she kept her promises. I wish that existed then, but it didn’t. So I’m doing it now.
Can Mayor-Elect Frey respond to Eyes on Frey‘s determinations?
Absolutely. This site will give Mayor-Elect Frey the opportunity to respond to every promise outcome determination.
Who do I contact with corrections?
You can contact me at [email protected], or @webster on Twitter. I’m aiming to make this site factually correct in every possible way, but municipal politics move quickly. If I’ve missed something, or if I didn’t get something right, I want to hear from you. I’m also considering whether to allow comments on the site. If I do so, I’ll create a code of conduct guiding the conversation.
What’s your re-use policy?
All content on the site is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution–NonCommercial 4.0 International license. Reuse under that license is encouraged with credit attribution, and a link back to EyesOnFrey.com.
How is Eyes on Frey funded, and can I make a donation?
This site is not funded by any candidate, political committee, or corporation. At present, it’s funded using my personal funds. I’m still considering whether to accept donations to sustain continued work.
How is ‘Frey’ pronounced?
Mayor-Elect Jacob Frey pronounces his last name like ‘fry’. Just in case you didn’t think this site’s name rhymed.
I have more questions.
Contact me at [email protected] and let’s chat.