ROCHESTER, Minn.- County Commissioners have a lot on their plates, they handle budgets and spending for the county among many other things.
Monday night's forum at the Rochester Public Library gave community members a chance to educate themselves on the two candidates up for election for County Commission District 4.
One question regarding budget turned many heads, "What are your priorities for funding county programs in the face of rising costs? What do you see as the major challenges and where do you see opportunities for change?"
First, candidate Matt Flynn answered stating his main priority is mental health care. "One of the biggest mistakes our state did many years ago was close the state hospital. Not that it was the perfect institution but there was no place for a lot of these people to go they have ended up in our county jail ended up homeless, so we need to reverse that trend."
Next, candidate John Helmers agreeing with Flynn but stating his priorities are with housing. "Having the ability to have a secure place to stay is something that every person needs, and it is something that our society really needs to concentrate on and work on."