APR. 02, 2018 - VOL. 54 No. 6

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Voters to select new leaders for city, school board

Residents of Sioux Falls will go to the polls on April 10 to elect new leadership for the city and school district. The office of mayor, four city council seats and two school board seats are all up for election this year.

Mayoral Candidate Forum

Thursday, April 5
7:00 p.m.
Washington Pavilion
Belbas Theater


Seven candidates are vying for the office of Mayor. Ten candidates for city council are seeking four open seats in the following districts: At-Large "A", At-Large "B", Southeast and Central. In each race, a candidate must capture 50 percent plus one of the vote in order to secure the seat. If no candidate secures the majority, the top two vote getters will appear on the ballot in a runoff election, scheduled for May 1.

The Sioux Falls School Board needs to fill two seats left vacant when the terms of Kate Parker and Todd Thoelke expire in July. Thoelke has announced his intentions to seek re-election. As of Chamber News press date, no other candidates have filed for these positions but interested individuals have until Feb. 23 to do so.

As citizens vote for a new mayor of Sioux Falls, they will be setting the direction for our city for the next four years. The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce does not endorse candidates but does encourage members to learn about the candidates seeking office and to exercise their right to vote on April 10.

The profiles on the following pages are intended to provide a snapshot of the candidates seeking elected office. All candidates who had made their intent to run public by Jan. 17 were invited to participate, but not all responded. Each candidate was also asked to answer additional questions on business and the economy. Those full responses can be found on the Chamber's website at, under the Advocacy tab.

In a final opportunity to learn about the candidates, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and AARP will host a Mayoral Forum on April 5 in the Belbas Theater at the Washington Pavilion. This event is free and open to the public but due to limited seating, advance registration is required at Rsvp:

Click here to view the candidate profiles and responses.

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