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City council candidates file campaign financial reports

Six of the seven Rochester City Council Ward 5 candidates have spent $7,000 during the last two and a half months, according to campaign finance reports.

The reports were due on Friday, and all but one candidate, Joe O'Toole, filed them that day. As of Wednesday, O'Toole still hadn't filed a report, according to the Rochester City Clerk's office.

The other candidates are Byron Clark, Mark Hickey, Jerry Lemke, Shaun Palmer, Timothy Schmitt and Jan Throndson.

Among those candidates, Palmer has collected the most money, $2,183. Hickey has spent the most money, $3,596. Jerry Lemke is on the low end for collections and expenditures. He entered zero on his report for campaign contributions and indicated that he's spent $292.

The reports show expenditures for the $50 candidate filing fee, website development, yard signs, buttons, billboard advertising, postage and printing costs for campaign literature. Schmitt's report showed a $53 expenditure for supplies for an ice cream social.


The Ward 5 election is Tuesday. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Absentee voting began June 28 and continues through Monday at the Olmsted County Property Records and Licensing Office, on the main floor of the city-county Government Center, 151 Fourth St. S.E., Rochester. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Candidate: Money raised; money spent

Clark:$969; $1,106.

Hickey: $875; $3,596.

Lemke: $0; $292.

Palmer: $2,183; $1,240.


Schmitt: $1,760; $549.

Throndson: $250; $300.

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