St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman will not run for gov.

Coleman said a campaign would have taken away from city priorities.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) âÄî Mayor Chris Coleman ruled out a run for Minnesota governor on Thursday, saying a statewide campaign would have distracted him from his work in St. Paul. The Democrat’s decision comes less than a month before voters decide whether to keep him in City Hall for another four years. The 48-year-old said he spent several months considering the wide-open 2010 governor’s race before deciding against it just hours before a news conference. “I’m almost as shocked by this decision as anybody else,” Coleman said in his office. There are already 11 Democrats in the governor’s race, and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is considering a bid. Coleman said he would have been a competitive candidate, but a statewide campaign would have taken his attention away from city priorities including new rail lines, schools and downtown development. Republicans had accused Coleman of running for both offices at the same time. A complaint is pending before state campaign finance regulators. Deputy GOP Chairman Michael Brodkorb claimed that the issue drove Coleman from the 2010 race. But Coleman said he wasn’t concerned about it. He faces GOP-endorsed Eva Ng in the Nov. 3 election.