Prettner Solon considering run for Duluth mayor

Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon talks to reporters about her future plans following a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Capitol Area Security. Tim Pugmire/MPR News

Outgoing DFL Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon is considering a run for mayor next year in her hometown of Duluth.

Prettner Solon did not seek a second term as Gov. Mark Dayton’s running mate this year and will step down from the post next month when Tina Smith is sworn in as the new lieutenant governor.

Prettner Solon has previously been elected to the Duluth city council and the Minnesota Senate. But she told reporters today in St. Paul that Duluth mayor is the only political job she’s aspired to.

“The other three positions that I have been elected to, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time, and knew that it was something that I should run for, and it worked out for me,” Prettner Solon said.

Prettner Solon, who turns 69 in February, said she needs a break and will spend a couple months in Arizona. She said she will decide her political future in the spring.

There’s an open race for mayor in Duluth next year following the recent announcement by incumbent Don Ness that he will not seek re-election.