St. Paul City Council Member Pat Harris has made it official: He’s not running for a fourth term in November.
Last week, St. Paul developer John Mannillo had put some pressure on Harris to make the call; Mannillo announced his candidacy last week and sent a letter to Harris last week asking for his support, if he decided not to run.
In announcing he won’t run, Harris told the Pioneer Press:
“It’s 100 percent to spend more time with my family. I always looked at myself as a citizen legislator, and I’m extremely proud of what I’ve done. But I have three small children, and I really want to spend more time with them and my wife.”
Harris first took office in 2000, taking the seat vacated by his brother, Mike, who didn’t run for re-election.
James Slinger said today that he also will run for the Ward 3 seat. Slinger said he’s a “classic liberal” who moved to Highland Park in 2007. He said he’s served on statewide higher-ed committees and advocated at the state Capitol for affordable and accessible higher education programs.
Other candidates for the seat also are expected to emerge. The other six council members all plan to seek re-election.
The November election will be the St. Paul debut of Instant-Runoff Voting, also known as Ranked-Choice Voting.