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Campaign finance filings slow in Olmsted County primary races

The state requires finance reports to be filed once a candidate's campaign spends or receives $750.

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ROCHESTER — More than half the primary candidates for a pair of Olmsted County commissioner seats have not filed campaign finance reports.

Reports are not required until a candidate raises or spends $750.

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In District 4, two of four candidates seeking to replace Commissioner Matt Flynn, who is not seeking another term, have filed reports showing a combined $4,152.18 has been spent, but one other candidate said he plans to file a report this week.

“I’ll get that in today yet,” Brian Mueller said, adding that his filing has been delayed, but he’s spent approximately $4,500 so far.

The amount outspends the $2,562 fellow District 4 candidate Kindra Ramaker’s campaign reported spending in her July 14 report.

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Bill Pirkl’s campaign reported spending $1,590 by Aug. 2 in seeking one of two spots on the general election ballot for the county’s mostly rural district.

The race’s fourth candidate, Steve Connelly, said his campaign has yet to spend $750 requiring a report.

“We’re not dealing with big campaign funding at all,” he said.

In the three-candidate District 5 commissioner race, Catherine Davis is the only candidate with a campaign finance report on file at the county. Her campaign reports spending nearly $700 of $1,609 raised.

Fellow candidate Mike Macken said Wednesday that he’s spent approximately $2,500 on signs so far, but hasn’t planned to accept donations until after Tuesday’s primary election.

Michelle Rossman, the third candidate in the race to fill the seat being vacated by Commissioner Jim Bier, said she's planning to file her report Thursday.

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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