MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- One of the first candidates to jump into the Minneapolis mayoral race is dropping out.
Gary Schiff said Wednesday he's dropping out of the race to succeed outgoing Mayor R.T. Rybak. Schiff's decision comes several days after he placed third on two ballots at the DFL endorsing convention.
A 12-year veteran of the City Council, Schiff threw his support behind colleague Betsy Hodges. Hodges is leading the DFL pack along with former Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Andrew. Andrew led on every ballot at Saturday's convention, but no one was endorsed.
The Star Tribune reports other candidates remaining in the race include Hodges, Andrew, former council president Jackie Cherryhomes, council member Don Samuels, attorney Cam Winton, special education teacher Jim Thomas, former alderman Dan Cohen and software executive Stephanie Woodruff.
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