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St. Paul mayor's race: 5 in the starting gate

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Melvin Carter Age: 38 Born: St. Paul Party: DFL Photographed at Martin Luther King Recreation Center. Melvin Carter grew up "right here," he says, standing outside the Martin Luther King Recreation Center in St. Paul. Before heading to Florida A&M to run track, he would run the sidewalks of the Rondo neighborhood in St. Paul, where his family has lived for three generations. "We have some really incredible history in St. Paul, in all of our neighborhoods. And that's our best foundation to build our future on."
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Tuesday is the first day for candidates to officially file for city races, but there are five running for St. Paul mayor already raring to go. 

The window to file to run for any city-wide race starts August 1 and closes August 15. While there is the possibility for last-minute entries, there are four from the DFL and one from the Green Party who have been campaigning for months to sit in the mayor's chair.

Here's a look at each of them.