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Latest statement about running for governor: In a surprise announcement Oct. 8, St.

City of St. Paul

Latest statement about running for governor: In a surprise announcement Oct. 8, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said at a news conference that despite exploring the possibility of a race, he would not be a candidate for governor so that he could concentrate on his race for re-election and on issues facing the capital city.

Party: DFL

Current government position: Mayor of St. Paul

Elected: 2006

Term: 1st

Occupation: Attorney, investment adviser, City Council member

Birth date: Sept. 1, 1961

Home: St. Paul

Education: B.A., JD, University of Minnesota.

Website: Office of the Mayor

E-mail: Mail form is here.

Key issues and priorities: Coleman has said he is considering a campaign for governor but that his priorities are on his responsibilities as mayor and his campaign for re-election in November. As mayor he approved the citywide smoking ban in 2006 and he has focused on education initiatives and city funding projects.

Political experience: Mayor of St. Paul; St. Paul City Council member (1997-2003)

Background articles:

“Gov. Coleman? St. Paul mayor ramps up campaign apparatus”

“St. Paul Mayor Coleman born into politics”

“Chris Coleman re-election bid has solid backing from St. Paul pals, pols”

“St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, advisory panel at odds over funding of new Como Pool”

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