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Olmsted County candidates discuss budget priorities

Candidates for five commissioner seats were asked to submit video responses related to spending priorities as the county continues to deal with challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2022 Midterm Election in United States of America
2022 Midterm Election in United States of America
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ROCHESTER — Before the August primary election, Olmsted County commissioner candidates were asked about their budget priorities.

With the candidates for five seats on the Nov. 8 ballot narrowed to two in each district, here's a look at how they answered the question: Budget challenges connected to the COVID-19 pandemic continue. What do you consider to be the chief priority when making decisions about future county budgets?

District 1

Laurel Podulke-Smith

Loring Stead

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District 2

Gabe Perkins

Dave Senjem

District 3

Karl Johnson

Gregg Wright

District 4

Brian Mueller

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Kindra Ramaker

District 5

Catherine Davis

Michelle Rossman

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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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