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Kim Norton enters Rochester mayoral race

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Kim Norton, an unconfirmed, potential candidate. Kim Norton, an unconfirmed, potential candidate.
ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -

The candidate field for Rochester mayor is now one person bigger.

Former Representative Kim Norton is officially getting into the race to fill the seat being left vacant by current Mayor Ardell Brede.

Brede has announced he won't seek reelection this November, but when we asked her about it originally, she could not comment at that time.

She was able to announce it now that she's completed a Bush Fellowship, which she says expanded her understanding of public policy and enhanced her leadership skills.

Norton says her vision for Rochester includes securing a strong, sustainable economy and workforce, while focusing on affordable housing, transportation, and a transparent government.  

She also says she will not be afraid of making her voice heard with the city council.

"It's not always at the dais that a mayor can have their influence.. that can happen behind the scenes, working with individual city council members... trying to come to an agreement sometimes about a direction the city council might go," Norton said. "I think I can do that I don't know how much voice is appropriate." 

Norton joins community activist and former congressional candidate Regina Mustafa, retired technician and magician Brent Coggins, and entrepreneur Jordan Glynn as current candidates in the Mayoral race. 

She says they all have unique viewpoints and looks forward to running against them.


Former DFL Minnesota State Representative Kim Norton announced she's running to be Rochester's next mayor.

She made the announcement Monday after weeks of speculation she might enter the race. 

Norton served in the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 25-B for five terms from 2006 to 2016. 

Norton says her vision for Rochester includes securing a strong, sustainable economy and workforce, while focusing on affordable housing, transportation, and a transparent government.  

Current Mayor Ardell Brede has announced he won't seek reelection this November. 

Norton joins Regina Mustafa, Brent Coggins, and Jordan Glynn as current candidates in the Mayoral race. 
 

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