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Rochester 5th Ward City Council candidates set for Sept. run-off

Dan Hickey Dan Hickey
Shaun Palmer Shaun Palmer

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Two candidates are now set to battle it out for the vacant 5th Ward seat on the Rochester City Council.

In Tuesday's primary election, Mark Hickey finished first with 48 percent of the vote, which was just short of the 50 percent-plus-one requirement to win outright.

Hickey told KTTC NewsCenter Wednesday, he's optimistic about the future of his campaign, and as the DMC initiative becomes reality, he wants to see Rochester go through a measured growth throughout the entire city.

"The Downtown Master Plan, that's been updated within the last two and half years, and the downtown is extremely important to Rochester, but we have to look at the whole city. That Rochester Urban Land Use Plan is really the overall structure that we have for development, so we need that updated," Hickey said.

Coming in behind Hickey in the polls was Shaun Palmer, who gathered 19-percent of the vote.

Palmer is a life-long member of the Rochester community, working for the City of Rochester as a building inspector.

As the results came down Tuesday night, Palmer said he wasn't surprised there is now a run-off election, considering the number of people running for the open seat.

He remains confident in his chances in winning the 5th Ward seat.

"Well, I think the biggest thing is partnership. When you look at the DMC and how that's a partnership between the county and the city and the state and the citizens of Rochester, you're also looking at, when you knock on doors, it's crime, it's schools and it's park and recreation. Everyone wants to have a great city, and that's what you want to hear when you're knocking on doors," Palmer told KTTC.

The run-off election between Hickey and Palmer is scheduled for September.

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