Rybak has been critical of Sayles-Belton's Downtown economicdevelopment policies, including a large subsidy to build a Targetstore Downtown, and has been proposing his own solutions to theaffordable housing crisis that faces the city.

Rybak would consolidate city functions, cut costs and raise moreprivate money for affordable housing efforts. He has advocatedputting aside $16 million to fund affordable housing the firstyear, and then work on spurring private investment with city andstate tax incentives. Rybak proposes establishing a$10-million-per-year continuous dedicated revenue stream foraffordable housing to be funded with a coalition of city, countyand foundation monies, as well as creating a central access pointfor entrepreneurs looking to build and renovate housing.

In St. Paul, Randy Kelly appears to have won in an exceedinglyclose the mayor's race, although his opponent Jay Benanav maychallenge the results.

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