Looking ahead: Rochester mayoral candidates talk business at debate

Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce hosts debate with business focus.

Posted: Oct. 2, 2018 7:45 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Rochester mayoral candidates Kim Norton and Charlie O’Connell mean business, or are actually talking business at a debate on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

RACC is hosting the debate with a business focus. Candidates will answer questions from area businesses about what challenges they face in the growing city.

Christian Holter is the Commuter Services Manager at Rochester City Lines, which is just one of the businesses attending.

He said he wants hear the candidates’ positions on implementing or avoiding local labor laws. Holter explained it can determine whether the business is large, small, or a sole proprietorship.

“There's things about these different laws and regulations that would have an impact here in Rochester. So, I think the answers to these questions is going to be something the business community should particularly pay attention to,” Holder said.

The event costs non-chamber members $35 and chamber members $25 to cover a lunch provided at the debate. Holter said he doesn’t mind paying the fee since a debate specifically addressing area businesses may be needed.

“There has been such stable leadership in Rochester for such a long time. So, I think the growth in the business community, and growth in Rochester, and the variety of employers...there's interests and issues that are of particular importance to the business community,” he said.

The event is scheduled to run 11:30am-1:30pm at Canadian Honkers events. If space allows, people can register for the debate up until it opens.

If people are looking for a free debate to hear from mayoral candidates, the League of Women Voters in Rochester is hosting a debate at the Rochester Public Library on October 16th.

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