Third Candidate Enters Rochester Mayoral Race

February 18, 2018 11:56 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A Rochester native and retired civil engineering technician has become the third person to officially seek the mayor's chair in the 2018 election cycle.

Brent "B.W." Coggins held a small announcement ceremony Sunday afternoon at the Willow Creek Reservoir Park, a project he helped design. 


Coggins said making sure everyone feels safe in the community is one of his top priorities, as is addressing the lack of affordable housing and making Rochester known for more than just the Destination Medical Center project.

"We're more than just a medical center as a community, and that's just part of Rochester," he said. If I'm sitting on (the DMCC board) I want to make sure what they do for the center of the city also includes what happens to the whole community."

Coggins, also known for his love of magic, said he wants to help others "discover our magical city."

He retired from his position with the Iowa Department of Transportation in 2017 to become a caregiver for his wife Ginny and his mom Alice. 

Coggins is the third declared candidate in the mayoral race, joining local musician and businessman Jordan Glynn and Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam founder Regina Mustafa. Incumbent mayor Ardell Brede is not seeking re-election, in part due to his wife's ailing health.



Logan Reigstad

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