Add City Council Member Don Samuels to the growing list of candidates interested in taking over from Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak when he steps down at the end of next year.
Samuels issued a press release this morning announcing he’s exploring a run for mayor and will make a decision “shortly after the new year.”
Samuels, who has represented north Minneapolis for the last ten years, made a short-lived bid for the Hennepin County Board earlier this year. He ended that campaign in July and endorsed Linda Higgins, who went on to win the seat vacated by Mark Stenglein.
At the time, Samuels said he needed to support his wife Sondra’s work as CEO of the Northside Achievement Zone.
Samuels is the third city council member to publicly express interest in the mayor’s job. Betsy Hodges says she intends to run, and Council Member Gary Schiff will announce his intentions next month. Former Council Member Jackie Cherryhomes says she’s entering the race, and School Board Member Hussein Samatar is thinking about it. The Star Tribune reports Park Board Commissioner Bob Fine is also considering a bid.