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About Brad

Brad Trahan for Mayor


I am a 1985 graduate of Rochester Mayo High School. I have been working at Express Employment Professionals in Rochester for the past ten years as a Professional Search Recruiter (Headhunter). Before that, I have enjoyed careers in Loss Prevention, Security, and Collections, legal and pharmaceutical. My family is the RT Autism Awareness Foundation founder in Rochester. I have resided in Rochester for the past 40-years.

My wife Joanie, of 25 years, and I have lived at our current residence in NE Rochester for the past 20 years. Joanie has been a Registered Nurse working at St. Mary’s for 33 years. Our son Brenden (23) is currently serving in the United States Air Force (Active Duty). Our son Reece (22) resides at home as we support him with his severe autism. And our daughter Payton (19) is a student at Rochester Community and Technical College.


Rochester is at a crossroads. Our leaders used to be non-partisan. They did what was best for Rochester. We are in danger of losing that spirit of compromise. I will LISTEN, LEARN, and LEAD with all of Rochester in my campaign!


  • Public safety – Increase funding and training for Rochester Police and First Responders.
  • Local business – Decrease red tape in forming and operating a business in Rochester and give business incentives to purchase services from local vendors. I believe the City of Rochester should do all it can to do business with local businesses when it can. Local business owners often pay their business property taxes and personal property taxes as residents of our community.
  • Citizens of Rochester – People want to lead their lives and raise their families without the government taxing them, regulating them, and telling them what to do. While we must have fiscal responsibility in our personal lives, our city should also have budgetary responsibility.

I am confident we all have more in common than we do differences! With partnerships and collaboration, broad visions and robust creativity, positivity, and a “can-do” attitude, there is no doubt that we will achieve so much more success by working together than any one individual, business, or entity can do on their own. With this belief, without any uncertainty, we as a community will unite stronger and TOGETHER!

Thank you, and God Bless,

Brad Trahan


It is imperative to give back and volunteer in the community you reside. Rochester has many wonderful non-profits and other organizations I have been fortunate to participate in.

  • RT Autism Awareness Foundation (Founders)
  • Kids Cup through Express Employment Professionals benefiting Mayo Clinic Children’s Hospital and Olmsted County Prenatal Care.
  • Several non-profit communities’ events; Kids Cup, Toys for Tots, March of Dimes
  • Rochester Area Builders, Ambassador
  • Mayo Clinic Karis Award recipient; Individual Award for Excellence (1999)
  • Mayor’s Medal of Honor award with Joanie for our work with those with disabilities (2000)
  • Past Chair, Minnesota Autism Task Force (2008-09)
  • Minnesota Vikings “Hometown Heroes” for their families work throughout the State of Minnesota with autism (2009)
  • Project Lifesaver International Board Member since 2009
  • Involved in six legislative law changes in the State of Minnesota
  • After 13 years and eight months, was instrumental with Mayo Clinic changing their insurance policy for their employee’s dependents diagnosed with autism (2016)
  • Express Employment Professionals, Champions of Hope recipient (2017)