Pat Elliott announces candidacy for Richfield mayor

Richfield City Councilmember Pat Elliott is running to replace Mayor Debbie Goettel, who will vacate her current position in early January.

A special election will take place early next year to determine a replacement to serve out the two years remaining on the Goettel’s term, as the she steps into her new role as District 5 Hennepin County commissioner.

Elliott, coming off a council re-election in which he ran unopposed, said he had not initially planned to run for mayor in the special election. He said he planned to stand aside as Councilmember Michael Howard ran for mayor instead, but that plan changed when Howard told Elliott he was no longer considering running.

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