Coleman to run again for St. Paul mayor

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, seen here in a file photo, announced Wednesday April 3, 2013 that he intends to run for re-election to a third term in office.
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Chris Coleman is running for a third term as mayor of St. Paul.

Coleman made the announcement Wednesday afternoon at the Pioneer Endicott Building in downtown St. Paul, which is being converted into upscale apartments and retail space after standing vacant for seven years.

While Coleman cites the building as a sign of downtown resurgence, he also acknowledges he's faced many challenges during his two terms in office.

"We've overcome budget imbalances, deep recessions, department store closings, water main breaks, snow storms, hockey strikes and national conventions," said Coleman.

If he wins a third term, Coleman would become the longest serving St. Paul mayor since George Latimer, who left office in 1990.

This will be St. Paul's first mayoral election using ranked choice voting, but so far, voters have few choices. Coleman's only opponent right now is independent Tim Holden, a real estate agent and remodeling contractor making his first run for public office.

That's far different from the jockeying going on in Minneapolis, where Mayor R.T. Rybak is stepping down after three terms. At least half a dozen candidates are running to replace him.

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