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City Council President candidates debate

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The race to fill the seat of late City Council President Dennis Hanson will soon be coming to a close.

Candidates for Rochester City Council President met at a candidate forum Thursday with less than 2 weeks to go before the election.

It was a packed room at the Rochester Public Library for the forum put on by the League of Women Voters.

Jeff Thompson, Jan Throndson, Randy Staver and Michael Wojcik all took questions from the League of Women Voters, the Post-Bulliten, the Chamber of Commerce and the audience. Much of the discussion centered on how city will develop in coming years, especially with Destination Medical Center.

The candidates had differing views when it came to which infrastructure and revitalization needs they thought the city needed.

Current Interim City Council President Randy Staver said the city should look to initiatives like the half-cent sales tax as a guide and follow much of the direction the city has taken in recent years.

Both Ward 2 Representative Michael Wojcik and Rochester resident Jeff Thompson said the city should focus on maintenance and making sure the city keeps up and possibly reworks its current neighborhoods.

Rochester resident Jan Throndson, however, said the city should invest in education by creating an international trade school to produce candidates to fill jobs needed in Rochester.

Many candidates expressed concern about the recent news of IBM moving jobs out of Rochester

The election will take place on March 19.

Look for in depth profiles on all four candidates between now and the election here on KTTC.

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