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Judy Hickey files to fill husband’s seat

June 6, 2018 GMT

A fifth candidate has entered the race for the Ward 5 seat on the Rochester City Council.

Judy Hickey filed for the office Monday afternoon, seeking to replace her husband, Mark Hickey, who announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election in November.

The new candidate said she had encouraged her husband to run for a second full term.

“I think he has done a good job. … I think he walks into these meetings prepared,” she said, following Monday’s committee of the whole meeting.

While Judy Hickey said she hopes to bring the same dedication to the office, Mark Hickey said voters shouldn’t assume they share the same views.

“Trust me, Judy’s her own woman,” he said.

Judy Hickey said she decided to enter the race after being involved in various aspects of the community for 22 years.

“I’ve been a close observer for 5½ years,” she said, referring to Mark Hickey’s years in office.

She her campaign will focus on fiscal responsibility, planned development and quality-of-life issues, which would include management of parks and recreational opportunities to ensuring the city has affordable housing and a market that provides opportunities for new homeowners. She also said she views arts and culture as another priority.

“I view serving on the City Council as a public service opportunity and intend to treat all residents with a high-level of respect,” she said. “Rochester deserves dedicated leaders who are committed to govern with ideas and solve problems.”

As her youngest of six sons prepares to graduate high school, Judy Hickey said it’s important to make Rochester a place that will draw young people back to town after they graduate from college.

She said that means working with Destination Medical Center efforts, but also looking beyond those blocks.

“We have a whole city that surrounds it,” she said.

Hickey joins four other candidates in the race for the Ward 5 seat. IBM team leader Byron Clark, attorney Mike Walters, Precast Superior Concrete Walls project manager Shaun Palmer and Olmsted County executive support specialist Brittney Marschall have also filed, which creates the need for an Aug. 14 primary to narrow the field of candidates to two for the Nov. 6 general election.

Two other city races also will have primaries based on the number of candidates who have filed so far.

Retired senior engineering design technician Brent Coggins, Mayo Clinic security intelligence specialist Charlie O’Connell, former state representative Kim Norton and Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam founder Regina Mustafa have filed as Rochester mayoral candidates.

In Ward 1, former council member Paul Myhrom, marketing consultant Heather Holmes, retired software engineer Patrick Keane and University of Minnesota Rochester IT administrator Sin Kim have filed to replace Council Member Ed Hruska, who has announced he will not seek re-election.

Filing for city offices ends today.