ROCHESTER, Minn.- Tuesday night’s forum was yet another chance for community members to educate themselves on who is running to represent their ward.
Candidates for Rochester's city council ward 3 were in the hot seat answering pressing questions from the community...one hot topic was affordable housing.
Current ward 3 council member Nick Campion stated, "The plan in the ward is to make it beautiful and to make it fit in with the buildings surrounding so that people are welcome. That is what the plan is in my ward we put in more affordable housing during my term in office than probably existed in the entire ward before that."
Campion has held the ward 3 seat for the past 4 years.
Running against him is Arlo Kroening who has no experience in politics but says he is passionate about making changes in the community...and realizes that Rochester residents are struggling to make ends meet when it comes to housing.
"You have to make $12.60 an hour to be able to afford a 1 bedroom and a little over $15 an hour to afford a 2 bedroom which is really hard when you're a single mother with a child."