Jim Graves reportedly "being encouraged to run" for Minneapolis mayor [UPDATE]

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Graves achieved business success in Minneapolis. Might political success follow?
Congressman Jim Graves didn't work out. Mayor Jim Graves? People close to the hotel magnate are reportedly telling him they like the ring of that.

SEE ALSO: Jim Graves: The City Pages interview

Citing "reliable information," the Minnesota Progressive Project's Dan Burns writes that Graves is "being encouraged to run" for Minneapolis mayor. The next mayor will succeed R.T. Rybak, mayor since 2002, who announced yesterday he won't seek a fourth term.

Graves grew up in the St. Cloud area before founding his luxury-focused Minneapolis-based Graves Hospitality company, which owns the downtown Graves 601 hotel (He previously founded the AmericInn motel chain). He lived in Minneapolis for years before launching his ill-fated campaign against Bachmann and moving back to the 6th District last spring.

Burns' MPP post runs mentions a number of other possible Rybak successors, including Margaret Anderson Kelliher and former City Council member Jackie Cherryhomes.

As we told you yesterday, Council member Betsy Hodges announced she'll run for mayor shortly after R.T.'s announcement. Council member Gary Schiff has filed to run, but hasn't yet said whether he'll follow through.

:::: UPDATE ::::

3:17 p.m. -- Mark Sommerhauser of the St. Cloud Times talked to Graves about the mayoral rumors today. From the sounds of it, Graves is receptive to the encouragement Burns mentioned but has his sights set on national possibilities.

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CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Admit it CP readers, Mpls will vote for a stick as long as it has "D" endorsement.

Branden Strot
Branden Strot

not big spending (who was grossly over spent by bachmann) jim graves!

Trevor Ludwig
Trevor Ludwig

he does, but I do actually like Rybek. I just wish Graves would have beat Bachman.

Jewinspace
Jewinspace

@citypages WHAT? Graves for Congress. Focus on the 6th, Jim.

webcelt
webcelt

I have a feeling "so and so is being talked about" rumors are a way to pressure so and so into running. In Jim Graves case, given the name recognition and supporter base he gained running for Congress, he would easily be the DFL's best shot in the 6th in 2014. I got a good impression of him so I'm not opposed to him running for mayor, but I'd rather see him take another shot at Congress.

WentRogue
WentRogue

@gkatz Plus, hard to see how weak-mayor system would appeal to a guy accustomed to running a business

danweinand
danweinand

@gkatz @citypages I also can't imagine MAK running for mayor. These rumors make no sense.

jamrockstar
jamrockstar

@gkatz i think he should take another run at mn06 in 2 yrs

gkatz
gkatz

@danweinand At least she's a better political match for Mpls voters, but I don't think of her as a city issues aficionado.

gkatz
gkatz

@jamrockstar Agreed.

jamrockstar
jamrockstar

@gkatz also - easy attacks w any/all of his lit and statements from the mn06 race re connection to mpls

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