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Ward 5 candidates debate on Sunday

Candidates for the ward 5 seat on City Council participate in a forum on Sunday.

Posted: Oct. 14, 2018 11:32 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Candidates for the Ward 5 seat on City Council are trying to win over voters in the final weeks before election day. 

Candiates Judy Hickey and Shaun Palmer participated in a forum on Sunday hosted by the Northrop Neighborhood Association. 

Audience members asked questions about transportation, affordable housing, and even mistakes the candidates thought City Council has made. 

People also asked about DMC growth and the candidates' view on historic preservation. Both Palmer and Hickey support preserving parts of Rochester, but with some condition. 

"Some of the buildings are not historic, some of the buildings aren't able to be reused," Palmer said. "But I'm definitely for historic preservation, it adds to our community." 

Hickey said she'd like to see property owners more involve din the process of preservation. 

"The more we include all stakeholders in the decision-making, the easier it is to make those decisions," she said. 

The candidates were also asked their views on the city hiring outside consultant firms for city projects. 

"I do think the quality of reports, I think we need to have higher expectations of those consultant reports when we do decide to pay for them," Hickey said.

"I want accountability. If they say these are what we can do, then we need to hold them to the expectations," Palmer said.

Voters will head to the polls on November 6th. 

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