Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce - MEDIA RELEASE
     
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Public forums scheduled
with candidates for Mayor of Sioux Falls


Events are hosted by the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and AARP in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS – The public will have the opportunity to question the candidates for mayor of Sioux Falls during two upcoming public forums. The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and AARP in Sioux Falls are partnering to host both events, which are scheduled for Feb. 8 and April 5.

The first forum is organized through the Chamber’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) in partnership with AARP in Sioux Falls. “Topics on Tap: The 2018 Mayoral Race” will take place Thursday, Feb. 8 at the Museum of Visual Materials. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and a moderated discussion led by Sarah Jennings, regional vice president of AARP, will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The Topics on Tap forum is geared toward young professionals, who are encouraged to submit their questions for the candidates in advance of the event to YPN Manager Kayla Huizing at khuizing@siouxfalls.com. “Young professionals are the future leaders of our community,” said Huizing. “Topics on Tap is an opportunity to specifically address issues that are on the minds of our young professionals.”

The second Mayoral candidate forum, hosted by AARP in Sioux Falls and the Chamber’s Issues Management Council, will take place Thursday, April 5 in the Belbas Theater of the Washington Pavilion. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with discussion beginning at 7:00 p.m.

This event will take place just a few days prior to the election, which is scheduled for April 10, and may be the final opportunity for citizens to ask questions of the mayoral candidates and learn about their background, qualifications and policy positions.

The April 5 forum will be livestreamed via both AARP SD Facebook page and the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page. Questions will be collected in real time from in-person and remote participants. The public is invited to submit questions ahead of the event by sending them to sdaarp@aarp.org. Interested attendees are encouraged to reserve a seat ahead of time by visiting aarp.cvent.com/SFMayoralForum18.

“The priorities of the business community compliment the priorities of our membership. That is why we are so excited to partner with the Sioux Falls Chamber for these events,” said AARP SD State Director, Erik Gaikowski. “Healthy, vibrant communities provide appealing advantages for residents, businesses and local governments.”

Both candidate forums are free and open to the public. All eight of the announced candidates for mayor have been invited to participate in both forums. They are Kenny Anderson Jr., Jim Entenman, Michael Gunn, Greg Jamison, Jolene Loetscher, Paul Ten Haken, Nick Weiland and David Zokaites.



About Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce:
As the leading Sioux Falls area business advocate, we represent our members by advancing and promoting the economic health and quality of life of the region. Learn more at www.siouxfallschamber.com.

About AARP in Sioux Falls:
Serving 30,000+ members in and around Sioux Falls, AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that works to enhance the quality of life for all people as we age. Learn more at www.aarp.org/sd.


Contact:
Jennie Doyen,
Marketing & Communications Manager
(605) 373-2054
jdoyen@siouxfalls.com

Leah Ganschow,
Director of Communications and Outreach
AARP South Dakota
(605) 362-3058
lganschow@aarp.org

   

 
 
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