State Rep. Erin Murphy added to list of possible St. Paul mayoral candidates

State Rep. Erin Murphy says she’s considering a run for mayor of St. Paul in 2017. Or maybe governor in 2018.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, now in his third term, isn’t expected to run again, although it’s still early in the cycle.

Murphy was House Majority Leader in 2013 and 2014 when the DFL held the majority. She was first elected in 2006 and represents St. Paul’s Mac-Groveland, Highland Park and Merriam Park neighborhoods. She told MPR that he’s considering a run for mayor, as well as a possible gubernatorial run in 2018: 

“I’m contemplating my options about my future opportunities to represent both my city and my state,” Murphy told MPR. “As I think about it, I’m going to think about the people of Minnesota.”

The line to run for mayor keeps getting longer, with many DFLers eyeing the position after Coleman’s long run atop the city’s DFL-dominated landscape.

Fred Melo at the Pioneer Press last month identified these other possible contenders: 

Ramsey County Commissioners Jim McDonough and Rafael Ortega, former city council members Pat Harris and Melvin Carter III, and Deputy Mayor Kristin Beckmann. The mayor’s former chief of staff, Erin Dady, who now works for the University of Minnesota has also been suggested as a possible contender..

Before she was appointed head of the city’s Public Works Department, former City Council President Kathy Lantry also was expected to run.

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