This election season, we want to help you make an educated choice on who to vote for. Below you can learn more about each candidate you'll see in the primary and general election. Here are the key dates to remember:

  • General Election:
    • Oct. 16 - Preregistration deadline
    • Nov. 6 - General Election Day

Visit here to register to vote or to check your registration status. To see what will be on your ballot, visit: or to see your Rochester ward.

The week of Oct. 15 The League of Women Voters Rochester is hosting the local candidates at the Rochester Public Library. Live stream available from Rochester Public Library website ( under “Candidate Forum”). The broadcast also will be archived at the library for future viewing. Audience members viewing the forums on the live stream may email their questions to before or during the event.

Oct. 15, 2018:

  • 6:30 pm Olmsted County Commission, District 4
    Matt Flynn (incumbent) and John Helmers
  • 7:30 pm County Attorney
    Mark Ostrem (incumbent) and Jeff Hjerleid

Oct 16, 2018

  • 6:30 pm, City of Rochester Mayor
    Kim Norton and Charlie O’Connell
  • 7:30 pm Rochester City Council Ward 3
    Nick Campion (incumbent) and Arlo Kroening

Oct. 17, 3018

  • 6:30 pm Rochester City Council Ward 1
    Heather Holmes and Patrick Keane
  • 7:30 pm Rochester City Council Ward 5
    Judy Hickey and Shaun C. Palmer

Local Primary Candidates spoke at the Rochester Public Library's Primary Candidate Public Forums, conducted by the League of Women Voters. You can find the recordings here.

Learn about the candidates