First week of filing for Rochester, Olmsted County wraps up

Nearly every spot on the ballot has a candidate with 10 more days to file.

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ROCHESTER — A handful of contested races emerged in the first week of filing for Rochester and Olmsted County elections.

In Rochester, Ward 5 incumbent Shaun Palmer is facing a challenge by business owner Saida Omar .

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Other filings for city offices by the end of the work day Friday were:

The Ward 1 seat will also be on the Nov. 8 ballot.
In Olmsted County elections, County Attorney Mark Ostrem is facing a challenge by former county prosecutor Karen MacLaughlin . Both filed for the office this week.

With six county commissioner seats set for the November ballot, a race has already emerged in District 4, where long-time commissioner Matt Flynn has announced he will not seek another term.


Former Rochester Township Board member Brian Mueller and business owner Bill Pirkl have filed for the seat.

Other filings for county offices by the end of the work day Friday were:

The filing period for city and county offices continues until 5 p.m. May 31.

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
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