Age: 47.

Address: 2271 Cedar Park Court S.E., Rochester.

Family: Married, four children.

Work history: Owner of Thompson Law Office and a certified real property law specialist since 1990.

Education history: Holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and Hamline Law School.


Community activities: Involved with more than two dozen local organizations, including the Youth Commission, Housing the Redevelopment Authority and the Diversity Council.

Government history: Olmsted County commissioner since 1997.

Contact information: 281-0999

Top three issues:

1. Enhance the county's relationship with area cities and townships.

2. Consolidate or privatize some county services.

3. Prepare county employees to replace retiring department heads.

Candidate's statement:


"My decision to run is based on the belief that my individual efforts will continue to make a positive difference for our community."

By Joshua Lynsen

Jeff Thompson ran unopposed during Olmsted County's last 7th District election, but faces a significant challenge this time.

Thompson, who was first elected in 1996, is battling political newcomer Judy Ohly. Thompson collected only 3 percent more votes than Ohly in September's primary election. Since then, the incumbent has emphasized what he has to offer his district.

"I'm a team player, a team builder, a good negotiator and I have peace-making skills," he said. "And my core belief is that any of us with talents or expertise should do whatever we can for the betterment of society."

Thompson said Olmsted County has weathered budget cuts well and still supports essential social services. He said no children go to bed hungry and no one is homeless.

"I don't think you see that in Olmsted County," he said. "So far, we've avoided that negative part of growth."


During his tenure, Thompson voted against a commissioner pay raise and against an ordinance that banned smoking in county restaurants. The raise, passed in late 2002, increased annual compensation to an average $31,500.

Thompson said he's spent about $7,500 on his campaign.

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