Gary Schiff announcing campaign for Minneapolis mayor

Schiff will announce his bid for mayor at noon today.
Schiff will announce his bid for mayor at noon today.
City Pages.

After months of teasing a mayoral run, Minneapolis City Councilmember Gary Schiff will make it official at a press conference at noon today.

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Schiff launched an exploratory committee last year, long before R.T. Rybak announced he wouldn't run for re-election. He filed paperwork in December, but wouldn't commit to a run, saying he'd make a firm decision sometime in January.

Two of his fellow councilmembers, Betsy Hodges and Don Samuels, have also filed paperwork for a mayoral campaign.

A University of Minnesota alumnus, Schiff joined the City Council in 2001. He calls himself a "policy-driven advocate for small businesses, sustainability, neighborhood-based planning, public transit, and civil rights." Schiff helped pass the law allowing microbreweries to open up Minneapolis, and has been a harsh critic of Rybak over the years, particularly on the city's handling of youth violence.

Schiff will make his formal announcement to the press at the Harriet Brewery today.

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