In recent months, speculation has been rife about Mayor RT Rybak's political future. Rybak, who also co-chairs the Democratic National Committee, is rumored to be in the running for a prominent position in the Obama administration. He has not yet said whether he will run for mayor in next year's citywide elections.
Hodges portrayed her filings as a legal technicality, pointing out that state law required a candidate file election papers after spending or raising $100.
“R.T. is a good mayor," Hodges told the Star-Tribune. "If he chose to serve again I would respect that."
In an interview with the Star-Tribune, Hodges touted her budget expertise. She also has lined up a significant backer—popular local state Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-61) will serve as her campaign co-chair.
City Councilmember Gary Schiff (Ward 9) is also rumored to be a contender for the mayoral chair, but hasn't announced a decision yet.