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City Council President Vote Tuesday

Posted at: 03/18/2013 6:53 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Tuesday is the special election for Rochester City Council President. This special election is taking place due to the passing of the late Denny Hanson who died last year while his name remained on the November ballot.

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie was in town Tuesday to talk about election and voting legislation that is up at the capitol right now. Of that there is legislation that would prevent a special election from being needed in the case of someone on the ballot passing away during the election.

Ritchie stated what happened in the case of Denny Hanson and the Rochester City Council president was a situation no one had come across before.

He says it sparked a conversation to make changes to our voting and election law. He says either way it's important for voters to come out for this special election.

"Whoever is elected tomorrow will have incredible responsibility as far as the revitalization of downtown Rochester and the big investments our area leaders are making, this role will be crucial, having lots of people participating in voting is one way that helps guide, direct, and energize the political process,” said Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

Randy Staver, Michael Wojcik, Jeff Thompson, and Jan Throndson are all running for the position of City Council President.

Polls open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find your polling place we've posted a link on our web site under featured links.