Exclusive: Mpls Councilman Schiff Talks Mayoral Run

Updated: 01/29/2013 7:55 AM KSTP.com By: Scott Theisen

It wasn't much of a secret, but now it's more official. Minneapolis City Councilman Gary Schiff spoke exclusively to KSTP about his decision to run for mayor.

Schiff will make the official announcement Tuesday at Harriet Brewing in front of small business owners that are endorsing his run.

He's been on the council since 2001, represents the 9th Ward and calls himself a policy-driven advocate for small businesses.

Three other people have also filled out the paperwork needed to start fundraising for the mayor's race.

Council member Don Samuels is kicking off his campaign at an event Wednesday. Council member Betsy Hodges launched her campaign last month And, there's also energy company attorney Cam Winton in the running.

Schiff says he raised $20,000 in his first month of fundraising.

The city council president estimates it will cost each candidate about $1 million to run.

Past Spending

In 2009, as the incumbent, Mayor R.T. Rybak won the city's first ranked-choice election for mayor in a landslide. He spent $441,000, which is more than the other 10 candidates combined.

In 2001 when Rybak unseated former Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton, she outspent him $419,000 to $230,000.

In 2005, Rybak and Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin spent a combined $838,000.

The election is 40 weeks from Tuesday.