Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon considering a run for mayor of Duluth

Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon, whose time at the state Capitol will be over at the end of the year, says she’s considering a run for the open mayor’s seat in her hometown of Duluth.

Prettner Solon, a former state Senator, was elected lieutenant governor in 2010 with Gov. Mark Dayton, but didn’t run for a second term on the ticket with him in November. Tina Smith will be the new lieutenant governor in January.

With her term ending soon, Prettner Solon says she’ll take some time to relax, then consider her options. One possibility: running for mayor of Duluth.

Mayor Don Ness is not running for a third term there in 2015, and Prettner Solon told reporters the mayor’s job in her hometown is the only political post she’s ever aspired to, according to MPR. Her other political achievements have come from being in the right place at the right time, she said.

Prettner Solon had been elected to the Duluth City Council, and then succeeded her late husband, Sam Solon, in the state Senate before being elected Lt. Governor.

She said she’ll decide by April about whether to seek the Duluth job.

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