Rochester Ward 5 candidate: Timothy Schmitt
Occupation: Mechanic, Automotive Recyclers in Rochester
Education: Bachelor's in accounting, Winona State University; bachelor's in business management, University of Minnesota in Duluth.
Community involvement: Northrup Neighborhood Association, Joint Airport Zoning Board, Kiwanis, AARP Tax-Aide program, History Center of Olmsted County.
What motivated you to file as a candidate for the Ward 5 seat on the Rochester City Council, and what skills or knowledge do you possess that you believe would benefit the council?
I believe in neighborhoods and the role they have in our city. They should be getting more attention and I want to be their council advocate. I have attended over 80 council meetings, so I'm familiar with city procedures, development processes, and the people involved.
In your opinion, what is the most important issue for Ward 5?
Citywide issues like infill development, safe and attractive neighborhoods, traffic and parking are always a concern. Specific to Ward 5, we need a North Broadway corridor study similar to Second Street. Broadway is an important commercial district and should have a guide for its growth.
Briefly describe a job or experience that was significant in shaping the person you are today, and explain how that would benefit the council.
Even with two degrees, I enjoy being a mechanic. A city, like an automobile, has many parts that must work together. Development, police, taxes, leisure, arts, zoning, businesses, nonprofits, neighborhoods are all needed to make Rochester work. Being a council member is all about building relationships.