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Rochester City Council candidates asked about office, reason for running

Candidates for council seats on Nov. 8 ballot were asked for video responses describing the qualities of an ideal council member and what prompted them to run for office.

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ROCHESTER — Candidates for Rochester City Council seats for wards 1, 3 and 5 were asked about the qualities of an ideal council member before the August primary.

With the field narrowed to two candidates in each ward, here's a look at how each candidate answered the two-part question: What are the qualities of an ideal council member and what prompted you to run for office?

Ward 1

Patrick Keane

Andy Hemenway

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Ward 3

Norman Wahl

Vangie Castro

Ward 5

Shaun Palmer

Saida Omar

More candidate video responses
Candidates for council seats on Nov. 8 ballot were asked for video responses describing the qualities of an ideal council member and what prompted them to run for office.
Candidates for council seats on Nov. 8 ballot were asked for video responses related to how they think city funds should be spent in parks and other city recreation facilities.
Candidates for council seats on Nov. 8 ballot were asked to provide video responses related to what they see as key priorities for developing an annual spending plan.
Candidates for council seats on Nov. 8 ballot were asked to provide video responses related to what they see as priorities for Destination Medical Center in the next four years.
Candidates for council seats on Nov. 8 ballot were asked to provide video responses related to what they see as the city’s role in supporting the creation of affordable housing.
Candidates for council seats on Nov. 8 ballot were asked to provide video responses related to Rochester Public Utilities' plan to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2031.
Candidates for Rochester council seats on Nov. 8 ballot were asked to provide video responses regarding proposed plans for Silver Lake Park changes.
Candidates for Rochester council seats on Nov. 8 ballot were asked to provide video responses regarding how they can help community members feel their voices are included in the decisions made by city officials.
Candidates for Rochester council seats on Nov. 8 ballot were asked to provide video responses regarding what they believe the city needs to prioritize when considering bike and pedestrian infrastructure for city streets.
Candidates for Rochester council seats on Nov. 8 ballot were asked to provide video responses related to what they see as a primary goal for the city of Rochester 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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