Campion steps down from the Rochester City Council race as others step up

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May 28—ROCHESTER — The Rochester City Council's most experienced member has decided to step aside from this year's election.

Less than two weeks after declaring plans to seek a third term on the council, Nick Campion withdrew from the Ward 3 race on Friday, May 27, 2022.

"I think we have some good candidates filed, and it's a good time for me, given my family life and what's going on, to take a look at other things," he said of his decision to step out of office at the end of the year.

He said the opportunity to step aside means more time with his family and a chance to avoid the challenges of campaigning for another term.

A pair of business owners filed Friday to fill the seat Campion has held since 2015.

Spa Casey owner

Casey McGregor

and Knights Chamber owner

Svaar Vinje

are seeking to represent the ward that sits in the northwest corner of the city.

"I think this is a really good opportunity to have people step up and take up the work of the city," Campion said, adding that he's only aware of the two candidates that filed on Friday.

The filing period continues until 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

City and county reports by the end of the day Friday pointed to anticipated primary elections in the Rochester mayoral race and at least two Olmsted County commissioner races.

Rochester Mayor

Kim Norton

is being challenged by three candidates, so far. Professional search recruiter

Brad Trahan

, local business owner

Britt Noser

and professional engineer

Dean Koutsoukos

filed for the office this week.

It means an Aug. 9 primary election will be needed to narrow the field to two candidates for the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

Primary elections also appear to be in the future for Olmsted County Commissioner races in districts 4 and 5, where the incumbents have announced they will not seek another term.

By the end of the day Friday, the Minnesota Secretary of State website reported four candidates had filed to fill the District 4 seat being vacated by Commissioner Matt Flynn.

Brian Mueller


Bill Pirkl


Michael Melford

and Kindra Ramaker have filed as candidates for the district that covers much of the southern and eastern portions of the county.

In District 5, four candidates have also filed to fill the seat being left by Commissioner Jim Bier at the end of the year.

Mike Macken

, Evan Brown,

Catherine Davis

and Michelle Rossman are seeking to serve in the district that includes protons of western Rochester and the areas west of the city, including Byron.

While candidate filings going into the weekend haven't spurred any other anticipated primaries at this point, two Rochester City Council incumbents are facing challengers.

In Ward 1, incumbent council member

Patrick Keane

is facing a challenge from Andy Hemenway, and in Ward 5, incumbent council member

Shaun Palmer

is facing a challenge from

Saida Omar


Olmsted County also has a pair of challenges beyond the anticipated primaries.

In District 3, incumbent commissioner

Gregg Wright

is being challenged by

Karl Johnson

, and at least two candidates will be on the ballot for county attorney, where incumbent

Mark Ostrem

is facing a challenge by

Karen MacLaughlin


Other filings for county offices by the end of the workday Friday were:

* District 1:

Laurel Podulke-Smith

* District 2:

Dave Senjem

* District 6:

Sheila Kiscaden

* Sheriff: Kevin Torgerson

Due to the Memorial Day weekend, potential candidates for city and county offices have one final day to submit their paperwork, The filing period ends at 5 p.m. May 31.