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  Benanav mulling mayoral rematch with Kelly
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Last EditedEric  Dec 17, 2004 03:07pm
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MediaNewspaper - St. Paul Pioneer Press
News DateFriday, December 17, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionWard 4 City Council Member Jay Benanav said today that he may challenge Randy Kelly again for the mayor's office.

"I'm mulling over my options at this point," Benanav said, when asked about his plans. "I said I was going to wait to see how the field developed a couple of months ago. It's becoming fully developed now... My options are open."

He hinted at a run earlier this week as well, when he said that he wouldn't run to succeed outgoing County Commissioner Sue Haigh, noting that "other offices are coming open soon."

Benanav narrowly lost the 2001 election to Kelly by 403 votes, a mere 0.68 percentage point margin of the 59,235 votes cast.

The three-term city council member has served the 4th Ward since 1997 and has been the council's staunchest liberal during his tenure, at odds with Kelly over everything from the opening of Ayd Mill Road to tax policy and a proposed smoking ban. The mayor has prevailed on those matters.

Benanav has had better, though limited, success with his colleagues.
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