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Melissa Brandt Accepts Campaign Manager Position for Podulke-Smith 2024 Run

ROCHESTER, MINN. – May 8, 2024 – Laurel Podulke-Smith, Commissioner for Olmsted County's First District, announced that Melissa Brandt has accepted the role of Campaign Manager for her 2024 re-election campaign.

Brandt works as an assistant principal for Rochester Public Schools, a role that helps her advocate for students and families in the field of education. Brandt has previous experience on the Human Services Advisory Board for Olmsted County, the local Alliance Housing meetings, is a former Family Promise board member, Bridge Builder award recipient, and volunteers for many agencies throughout Rochester’s non-profit sector.

As Podulke-Smith’s Campaign Manager Brandt is responsible for assisting with the day-to-day coordination of the campaign. “I am so happy to, again, be part of Laurel’s run for Olmsted County Commissioner,” said Brandt. “It’s a joy to support someone who is passionate about affordable housing, environmental sustainability, and human services, and is committed to prioritizing the well-being of her community.”

This is Podulke-Smith’s second run for office and her team is gearing up for the general election on November 5th. “Melissa is an amazing addition to our team,” said Podulke-Smith. “Her experience in supporting students and families and her vast knowledge in community programming will serve to drive our momentum through to election day.”


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