Mayor Steve Benjamin has made public what was widely expected: He’s running for a third term.
The 47-year-old lawyer, who in 2010 became the capital city’s first African-American mayor, told The State newspaper that he will seek another term. His office said Thursday that a formal announcement will be made at 4 p.m.
Benjamin is a high-profile mayor who has taken on controversial subjects such as the city’s multimillion dollar financial commitment to the BullStreet development that has yet to grow beyond a nascent stage.
He also became the face of the campaign to build a minor league baseball stadium on the Bull Street property using mostly public money.
Benjamin is widely credited with the revitalization of Main Street and the city’s core, in part because of tax incentives offered to companies that have built several student housing complexes.
Also on the Nov. 7 ballot are a citywide council seat along with those of two district seats.