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Encore Presentation: Olmsted County Commission and Rochester City Council Debates

Olmsted County Commission District 1 candidates Stephanie Podulke, incumbent, and Robert “Bucky” Beeman  answered a variety of questions including what they think is the current most critical equity issue in the county, what can be done to target the increased need for housing options for older residents on fixed incomes and what can be done to increase accessible and affordable transportation throughout the county.

Olmsted County Commission District 5 candidates Jim Bier, incumbent, and Regina Mustafa responded to a variety of questions including if they would commit to regular meetings with the Rochester City Council to address or overcome conflicting votes, do they think the county needs to look at different ways to establish longer term candidates like the Mayor, would they encourage changes in the way the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office operates and how would they address substance abuse in the community.

Olmsted County Commission District 7 candidates Mark Thein, incumbent, and Wale Elegbede provided answers to a variety of questions including, what would they do to improve communication and relationships with other county elected officials, would they encourage changes in the way the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office operates, would they support funding or a tax increase to create and operate a homeless shelter and do they support creating a J turn on Highway 14 and 60th Ave. for safety until future funding is available.

Rochester City Council President candidates Kathleen Harrington and Brooke Carlson answered questions on how they would build new relationships amid changes among key members inside and outside city government, what their interaction would be with the Mayor’s office, how they would lead the council to bring about change, what they see as the city’s role in encouraging statewide policy and what they feel the first priority for a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director should be.

Find out more about each candidate at their websites: 

Kathleen Harrington candidate website

Brooke Carlson candidate website

All the debates will be aired tomorrow, Sunday starting at 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on ABC 6.

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