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Mayoral candidates face off in debate

The main topic was about issues affecting the business community

Posted: Oct. 2, 2018 9:30 PM
Updated: Oct. 3, 2018 12:02 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn.-November 6th is approaching fast, and two mayoral candidates want your vote.
As current Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede is set to retire, the two candidates Kim Norton and Charlie O’Connell faced off in a series of debates before the election.
At this particular debate answered questions from area businesses.

They answered a variety of questions from city owned broadband to following other cities in Minnesota who implemented a $15 minimum wage, which both candidates do not support.
The two candidates often agreed on issues. One issue that was a talker was attracting and retaining business in Rochester.

“With the efficiencies of a city government…so if the city is communicating well with businesses, they’re supporting the businesses,” said O’Connell.

Norton argues that while there should be continue growth throughout Rochester. She said that we should look at other Metropolitian communities.

Adding that businesses may move but it may not entirely be a bad thing.
She gave an example of communities in Minneapolis.

“They’ve created pocket businesses throughout the community,” said Norton.

If you missed this debate the next mayoral debate is schedule for October 16th at the Rochester Public Library.

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