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Olmsted County candidates discuss social services

Candidates for five commissioner seats were asked to submit video responses regarding where they might see need for added county resources and support.

2022 Midterm Election in United States of America
2022 Midterm Election in United States of America
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ROCHESTER — Many of the social services provided by Olmsted County are mandated by the state with various levels of funding supplied by state and federal sources.

County commissioners have sometimes opted to go beyond minimal requirements to support programs.

With that in mind, candidates for five commissioner seats on the Nov. 8 ballot were asked: Is there an area where you believe the county needs to add resources and support beyond what the state requires?

Here's how they replied:

District 1

Laurel Podulke-Smith

Loring Stead

District 2

Gabe Perkins

Dave Senjem

District 3

Karl Johnson

Gregg Wright

District 4

Brian Mueller

Kindra Ramaker

District 5

Catherine Davis

Michelle Rossman

More candidate video responses
Candidates for five commissioner seats were asked to submit video responses describing how a commissioner can help residents better understand how county government operates
Candidates for five commissioner seats were asked to submit video responses describing the qualities needed for a commissioner and what prompted them to run for office.
Candidates for five commissioner seats were asked to submit video responses related to priorities for tax dollars collected to address housing issues.
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.
Candidates for five commissioner seats were asked to submit video responses related how the county could help encourage more building and development.
Candidates for five commissioner seats were asked to submit video responses related potential development of the county-owned property that once housed a Seneca Foods canning facility.
Candidates for five commissioner seats were asked to submit video responses regarding how commissioners should work with the county sheriff.
Candidates for five commissioner seats were asked to submit video responses regarding where they might see need for added county resources and support.
Candidates for five commissioner seats were asked to submit video responses to a recent report highlighting 42 recommendations for addressing race and racism as a public health issue in Olmsted County.
Candidates for five commissioner seats were asked to submit video responses related to what they see as a primary goal for Olmsted County to achieve next year.

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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