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Mayor Brede donating funds to Wojcik's challenger in Ward 2 council race

Mayor Brede donating funds to Wojcik's challenger in Ward 2 council race

Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede is financially supporting commercial realtor Scott Hoss in his Ward 2 challenge to incumbent Michael Wojcik.

Public financial reports show Brede donated $250 to the Hoss campaign in June. In an email, Brede declined to give a reason for this specific contribution, but noted he has "given to local, state and federal campaigns" in the past. He most recently endorsed Hillary Clinton during an event in Rochester.

Brede and Wojcik have a complex relationship — and though it is typicaly cordial, it may have been undermined by spirited election-year debates on food trucks and the mayor's choices for committee appointments. 

 

In an interview back in 2015, Brede said this about Wojcik: "Michael is a very, very bright individual that really understands things quite well; and sometimes I will say, maybe a little flippantly, sometimes to his own detriment."

Wojcik, who has been in office since 2009, most recently reported having $9,113 in cash on hand for his campaign; Hoss, an attorney and realtor, reported having $11,391 in total cash on hand. The two are scheduled to debate at a town hall event on Thursday, September 8 at Zumbro Lutheran Church.

Want to know who the top donors are for each city council campaign? Check out the most recent financial reports.

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