Podulke-Smith plans Olmsted County Commissioner’s campaign – Reuters
ROCHESTER — Resident of the Kutzky Park neighborhood
is considering running for the Olmsted County commissioner seat currently held by his mother, who recently announced her intention not to seek another term.
“I’m running for county commissioner because I love my community and I’m ready to put my values into action,” Podulke-Smith said in announcing her campaign.
Current District 1 Commissioner Stephanie Podulke has held the seat since 2011, when she won a special election to replace her husband after his death.
Podulke-Smith said growing up with parents who were elected officials gave insight into how they could impact politics and the quality of life for county residents.
“I was able to see cause and effect and was amazed by it,” she said, adding that she wanted to have a similar impact.
A longtime volunteer and community organizer, Podulke-Smith said her campaign message will be based on the need for affordable housing, public safety and strong social services.
She plans to launch her campaign with a public launch event at 2 p.m. on May 14 at the Soldiers Field picnic shelter.
As an educator, healthcare professional and small business owner, the John Marshall High School graduate with a master’s degree in organizational leadership said she supports economic growth that prioritizes community interests, local businesses and environmental sustainability.
Podulke-Smith is the first candidate to officially announce a campaign for the seat of commissioner, which carries an initial term of two years.
The filing period for the November county elections is May 17 through May 31.