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Kim Sin files for city’s Ward 1 seat

May 23, 2018 GMT

Kim Sin says he wants to be a voice on the Rochester City Council for people who are struggling to be heard.

“We need a city council person who will understand our unique emerging community,” said Sin, who plans to file for the council’s Ward 1 seat this week.

Sin is the fourth candidate to step forward in hopes of filling the seat of Rochester City Council Member Ed Hruska, who has announced that he will not seek re-election in the city’s southernmost ward.

Sin said his goal is to ensure council members realize city policies can leave people feeling unimportant and ignored.

“They have to really think through how this is going to affect the larger population that has living wages as an issue and affordable housing and transportation,” he said of the council. “How do we be more effective when we are making these policies and be more effective for the benefit of greater Rochester?”

He said the community can build stronger connections and the council can foster greater trust in the city by addressing such issues.

Sin was part of a group that sought to create an arts and cultural gathering spot in the former Armory building after the Rochester Senior Center moved out. As a Cambodian refugee who came to the United States at age 6, he said he sees a need to create places where different cultures can meet and learn from each other.

When the bid to work with the city to occupy the Armory failed, Sin said he became frustrated and felt unheard.

He said he’s hoping to ensure others don’t feel the same way.

“As your city council member, I will listen to, and represent, all members of our shared community to have a better understand our needs and identify where public policy can have a positive impact,” he wrote in a statement announcing his plans to run for office. “I’ll work hard for effective ways that public policy can help create opportunity for members of our communities so we all can thrive.”

A Rochester Community and Technical College and Winona State University graduate, Sin works at University of Minnesota–Rochester in information technology and has been an active advocate in many community roles, including starting the Asian Student Organization as an RCTC student and working with IMAA, the Rochester Diversity Council, Rotaract and local schools.

Three other candidates have publicly stepped forward as Ward 1 candidates. Former council member Paul Myhrom, marketing consultant Heather Holmes and retired software engineer Patrick Keane have announced plans to seek the seat.

Filing for city offices starts today and continues through June 5.

If more than two candidates file for a seat, a primary election will be held Aug. 14, with the general election set for Nov. 6.