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'Transition consultant' Roger Meyer announces run for St. Paul mayor

Roger Meyer, a consultant who helps organizations in transition, is announcing Monday that he'll run for mayor of St. Paul.

He says he'll register his campaign organization Monday morning at the elections office.

Mayor Chris Coleman, who is finishing his second four-year term in office, hasn't formally announced that he'll seek a third term in next November's election, but he and his staff have hinted that it's very likely.

This morning, the mayor's spokesman Joe Campbell said there's no plan to make an announcement today.

Meyer is on the board of directors of the St. Paul Public Schools Foundation. So is Mayor Coleman.

Meyer, who said he's lived in the city for 20 years, said on his campaign website:

"Over the years I’ve seen firsthand all of the great work and effort that our neighbors put in to make St. Paul a more vibrant, sustainable and just community.  But, too often the City fails to act as a partner and supporter of these efforts."

In Meyer's work as a consultant, he's served as interim president or director of many local organizations, including Dakota Communities Inc., Volunteers of America Minnesota, Community Shares of Minnesota and the American Indian Family Center.

He says:

Through my business and personal involvement I’ve worked with most of St. Paul’s 17 District Councils, City Council members and several of St. Paul’s Business Associations, Community Development Corporations, and Human Service organizations.

Coleman was first elected mayor in 2005, beating incumbent Mayor Randy Kelly. Coleman easily won re-election in 2009 by a 69-31 margin.

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