Six Minneapolis mayoral candidates in fundraising mode

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The number of candidates running for Minneapolis mayor is up to six following Mayor R.T. Rybak's December announcement that he's not seeking a fourth term for office, MinnPost reports.

The six candidates have all filed requests with Hennepin County to form a campaign finance committee. They are former Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Andrew, former City Council President Jackie Cherryhomes, attorney Cam Winton, and three current City Council members: Betsy Hodges, Don Samuels and Gary Schiff.

Since Andrew, Cherryhomes and Winton didn't file for candidacy until 2013, they are not required to report financial transactions in 2012.

MinnPost says the other three candidates have already filed reports. Hodges' year-end cash on hand was $11,492, with no loans or debt, while Samuels' cash on-hand was$469, which was the remainder of $500 fromhis City Council election finance committee.

Schiff has reported that he has $27,107 in cash on-hand, with a loan of $7,328 from the candidate and debt of $9,300.

Rybak announced at the end of December that he wasn't going to seek another mayoral term.

He has denied rumors that he may be heading to Washington to be part of President Barack Obama’s second administration or running for governor in 2014.

Rybak formed his own political action committee (PAC) less than two weeks before his announcement about his mayoral future.

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