November 29, 2012 by southwestjournal
By Nick Halter
Betsy Hodges, the City Councilwoman who represents Ward 13 in Southwest, has filed paperwork to run for mayor in 2013.
Hodges said, however, that she would not run if Mayor R.T. Rybak decides to seek re-election to a fourth term.
“If the mayor runs again, I will support him,” she said.
The second-term City Council member said that just because she filed paperwork does not mean she knows if Rybak will run again or not. The two are allies at City Hall.
“It wasn’t meant to be a signal about what R.T. is going to do,” Hodges said. “I don’t have any information about what he’s going to do, but the law requires you put in your papers for a campaign committee when you’ve raised or spent $100.”
Hodges said Scott Dibble and Josie Johnson will serve as her campaign’s co-chairs. Dibble is a State Senator from Southwest’s District 61. Johnson is a human rights advocate.
The Minneapolis DFL party is meeting tonight to discuss dates for its caucuses and conventions.
Rybak told the Star Tribune he will decide on running again by Jan. 1.
City Council Member Gary Schiff (Ward 9) has said he is exploring a run as well.