Rybak not running for a fourth term

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said today he will not run for a fourth term.

That means he’ll have one more year in office to finish up a variety of projects.

“This lame duck ain’t quackin’ yet,” he said during a press conference at the Midtown Global Market.

Rybak laid out his plans for 2013 in a press release. They include helping the police department expand its programs to prevent youth and gun violence, improve schools, design a new Nicollet Mall streetcar, and improve the Northside Achievement Zone in North Minneapolis.

Rybak wasn’t clear on his future plans, but indicated that he’d like to stay in Minnesota once he’s done being mayor at the end of 2013.

Rybak’s departure leaves the field for his replacement wide open, as MPR’s Curtis Gilbert reported earlier this month.

Possible candidates include Council Member Betsy Hodges, Minneapolis School Board Member Hussein Samatar, former City Council Member Jackie Cherryhomes, and Council Member Gary Schiff.