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Bier says he won't seek a new term as Olmsted County commissioner

District 5 commissioner is in his 20th year in elected seat.

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Olmsted County Commissioner Jim Bier speaks during a groundbreaking event for the Oxbow Park Nature Center Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Oxbow Park near Byron.
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ROCHESTER — Olmsted County Commissioner Jim Bier announced he will not seek another term.

“It’s been a good 20 years,” he said Tuesday. “I still think I have something to give, but it’s time for somebody else.”

The announcement follows the recent adoption of county district lines, which will force a new election in November.

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Bier, who was first elected in 2002, won a four-year term in 2020, However, a population shift in his district, which includes portions of northwest Rochester and rural areas west of the city, as well as the city of Byron, was big enough to require an election for a two-year term.

Bier is the fourth commissioner to announce he will not seek another term.

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Commissioners Matt Flynn, Ken Brown and Stephanie Podulke have announced they will not file for another term.

Commissioners Sheila Kiscaden and Gregg Wright have said they plan to file for re-election, and Commissioner Mark Thein will not face a campaign to continue the four-year term he won in the 2020 election.

The filing period for the November election is from May 17 to May 31.

Districts with more than two candidates will see a primary election on Aug. 9 to narrow the field to two. The general election is Nov. 8.

Bier encouraged anyone who is interested to consider filing for office.

“If you want to run for District 5, come on in,” he said. “The water is warm.”

Randy Petersen joined the Post Bulletin in 2014 and became the local government reporter in 2017. An Elkton native, he's worked for a variety of Midwest papers as reporter, photographer and editor since graduating from Winona State University in 1996. Readers can reach Randy at 507-285-7709 or rpetersen@postbulletin.com.
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