December 7, 2012 by Sarah M
By Nick Halter
East Harriet resident Matt Perry said he filed paperwork today to run for Minneapolis City Council in Ward 13.
Perry said, however, he would only run if incumbent Betsy Hodges vacates the seat. Hodges has begun fundraising for a mayoral campaign in 2013 but she said won’t run if Mayor R.T. Rybak runs again.
“Council Member Hodges is someone who I have supported since 2005 and will continue to support, so I would not run against her” Perry said. “I think the ward is very well served by her being in office.”
Perry, 52, has lived in Minneapolis for 20 years. He’s got an extensive list of community involvement.
He started the Nicollet East Harriet Business Association in 2006, and has served as president since then.
Perry was an East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association board member from 2005 to 2010, serving as president for three years.
The New York native runs a small business that provides technical services to other small businesses. He formerly worked in business management.
He said his mix of private sector experience and community involvement make him a strong candidate.
“I think (I have) a well-rounded background,” he said.
Perry mentioned four large issues of concern to Ward 13 residents: Property taxes, the consolidation of airplane flight paths, infrastructure and development and density.
“These issues will also be topics of great concern to the residents of Ward 13 and will certainly be part of a discussion in a campaign,” Perry said.
Ward 13, under the new City Council boundaries, includes the Southwest neighborhoods of Linden Hills, Fulton, Armatage, Kenny, Lynnhurst, West Calhoun and the southern half of East Harriet.
As of this morning, no one else had filed to run for the Ward 13 seat.