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Patrick Keane announces plans to seek second term

Ward 1 council member serves southern portion of city.

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ROCHESTER — Patrick Keane became the first Rochester City Council member to announce plans for a re-election campaign ahead of the filing period next month.

“Working on behalf of the people in Ward 1 has been both an honor and a challenge,” Keane said in a statement announcing plans to seek a second term. “This City Council continues our work on budgets, public engagement, community safety, housing and so many other public policy initiatives. The most rewarding aspect of my council work has been working with residents to address their community concerns.”

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Keane will run in a slightly different Ward 1 following recent efforts to balance population in each ward. The ward continues to represent the southern end of the city, with some tweaks where it borders with others.

He said the changes don’t impact his fit in the ward.

“As a grandparent, husband, and father, I think my values and priorities align well with my neighbors in Ward 1,” he said. “Like them, I want to live in a community that is safe, efficiently run, and provides fair, sustainable economic opportunities for everyone.”


Keane joins Rochester Mayor Kim Norton in announcing a bid for re-election, and Norton faces two announced challengers, Brad Trahan and Britt Noser.

The formal filing period for city office is May 17 to May 31.

The mayor’s seats and council seats in wards 1, 3 and 5 will be on the city’s Nov. 8 ballot.

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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