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Heather Holmes announces bid for Rochester City Council Ward 1

Heather Holmes announces bid for Rochester City Council Ward 1

Heather Holmes is running for Rochester City Council.

Holmes, an independent marketing and communications consultant, will make the announcement official at a campaign event Wednesday afternoon at Whistle Binkies on the Lake.  She is vying for the Ward 1 seat, which is being left open by retiring Council Member Ed Hruska.

If elected, she said her priorities will be transportation and infrastructure, public safety and affordable housing for all citizens.

“I believe the only way to be a voice that represents the people is to hear from the people. I will be an accessible and approachable candidate," Holmes said in a news release. "I don’t have all the answers, but I have experience with a wide array of topics facing our community.”

Holmes is already well-known in the community, having spent time as the vice president of marketing for Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. She continues to help manage the Journey to Growth initiative, a five-year regional economic development initiative under the umbrella of RAEDI.

A native of  Karlsruhe, North Dakota, Holmes previously served as a diesel mechanic in the Army National Guard. She has lived in Rochester for the past 10 years with her husband and daughter (Holmes is married to David Springer, the news director for KAAL-TV).

So far, just one other candidate has announced intentions to seek the Ward 1 position. Business owner Paul Myhrom, who served on the council in the mid-90s, has been campaigning for the seat since February. 

Three of the seven council seats are on the ballot this November.

Cover photo: Heather Holmes

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