R.T. Rybak will not seek a fourth term as mayor of Minneapolis. Rybak said in a press conference and on his blog that he wants more balance in his life and the city will benefit from a fresh perspective.
The announcement will fuel speculation about Rybak's political future. Some of the rumors about the 57-year-old have him heading to Washington to be part of President Obama's second administration or running for governor in 2014.
But Rybak says he's not done being mayor yet. During his announcement at the Midtown Global Market he joked, "This lame duck ain't quackin' yet." Plans for his last year in City Hall include new initiatives for police and schools and development of downtown streetcars. He says in the coming year taxpayers "will get about four years of work out of me."
Rybak's decision will create something of a free-for-all in City Hall, with an assortment of mayoral hopefuls lining up to succeed him. The Star Tribune reports four names near the top of the list are city council members Gary Schiff and Betsy Hodges, school board member Hussein Samatar, and former city council president Jackie Cherryhomes.