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Civic Engagement

2020 Elections - Voter Resources and Information

The Chamber has a longstanding tradition of civic engagement and encouraging voter participation in all elections. Below please find information about the Chamber's jointly-sponsored candidate forums and additional voter information.

Key Dates

  • Absentee Voting for Primary Election: June 26 – August 10
  • Primary Election: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
  • Absentee Voting for General Election: September 18 – November 2
  • General Election: Tuesday, November 3

Hear from the Candidates

Candidate Forums

As in years past, the Chamber will be partnering with the League of Women Voters, the Post Bulletin, and the Rochester Public Library to host Candidate Forums for the pre-primary and general elections. This partnership is in alignment with the Chamber’s longstanding tradition of encouraging civic engagement and voter participation.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 the forums will not be open to the public. The forums will be live-streamed on RPL's website and the League of Women Voters-Rochester Facebook page. They will also be available for later viewing here. Questions for the candidates may be pre-submitted (no later than 48 hours prior to the forum) by e-mailing them to

Access Live Recordings by clicking HERE


Monday, September 14: School Board Seat One

  • Don Barlow
  • Justin Cook

Wednesday, September 16: School Board Seat Three

  • Karen MacLaughlin
  • Deborah Seelinger

Thursday, September 17: School Board Seat Five

  • Jess Garcia
  • Mark Schleusner

Monday, September 21:  Minnesota State Representative 25a

  • Duane Quam
  • Kim Hicks

Monday, September 21: Minnesota State Representative 25b

  • Kenneth Bush
  • Liz Boldon

Tuesday, September 22: Minnesota Representative 26a

  • Gary Melin
  • Tina Liebling

Tuesday, September 22: Minnesota Representative 26b

  • Nels Pierson
  • Randy Brock

Wednesday, September 23: Minnesota Senate 25

  • Dave Senjem
  • Sarah Flick

Thursday, September 24: Minnesota Senate 26

  • Carla Nelson
  • Aleta Borrud

Monday, September 28: County Commissioner District 1

  • Robert Beeman
  • Stephanie Podulke

Tuesday, September 29: City Council President

  • Kathleen Harrington
  • Brooke Carlson

*In the interest of full transparency, the Chamber will not be asking questions at this debate, nor sharing questions ahead of time with any of the above candidates.

Wednesday, September 30: County Commissioner District 5

  • Jim Bier
  • Regina Mustafa

Thursday, October 1: County Commissioner District 7

  • Wale Elegbede
  • Mark Thein

Tuesday, October 6: Rochester City Council Ward 2

  • Michael Wojcik
  • Mark Bransford

Wednesday, October 7: Rochester City Council Ward 4

  • Kelly Rae Kirkpatrick
  • Katrina Pulham

Thursday, October 8: Rochester City Council Ward 6 

  • Molly Dennis
  • Craig Ugland

Additional Resources

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