Bob Miller suspends campaign for mayor

Bob Miller last week announced he is suspending his campaign for mayor of Minneapolis.

Miller in an e-mail to supporters said “changes in my family situation have made it impossible for me to put forth the time and effort that this campaign deserves.”

The director of the Neighborhood Revitalization Program and an open critic of the city’s plans for the program, Miller has been running on a strong-neighborhoods and smart fiscal planning platform.

“We need a new mayor,” he said in November, “one who not only listens but who hears what people say.”

In today’s e-mail, he said he has been running to bring attention to issues important to the city’s future, such as preventing foreclosure and crime.

“I wanted to bring a point of view to this election that wasn’t even being considered at City Hall,” he said.

It’s unknown whether Miller will return to his campaign before the May 16 Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s citywide endorsing convention. Without Miller, incumbent Mayor R.T. Rybak would be the only candidate actively seeking the DFL endorsement for mayor.