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APR. 2, 2014 - VOL. 49 No. 7

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Meet the candidates running for mayor,
council and school board positions
on the April 8 ballot

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce asked each of the candidates about their backgrounds and why they are running for office. Candidates are listed in the order in which they appear on the ballot. Some statements were edited for length. The following are their responses:


MAYOR
AT-LARGE COUNCIL MEMBER "A"
AT-LARGE COUNCIL MEMBER "B"
CENTRAL DISTRICT COUNCIL MEMBER
SOUTHEAST DISTRICT COUNCIL MEMBER
SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER

INITIATED MEASURES/REFERRED LAWS
CHARTER AMENDMENTS
VOTING CENTER LOCATIONS


MAYOR
Mike Huether
Mike Huether
2815 S. St. Charles Ln.
Sioux Falls, SD 57103
Occupation:
Mayor of Sioux Falls
Family: Wife Cindy; daughter Kylie
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Economics, South Dakota State University
Years Residing in Sioux Falls:
20 years

In 50 words or less, please tell us why you want to serve on the Sioux Falls City Council:
It has been an honor to serve the people of Sioux Falls. We are getting things done and success, confidence and pride resonates across our great city. We have come far, but more work needs to be done. I would be thrilled to lead that effort again as your mayor.

Greg Jamison Greg Jamison
6300 S. Grand Prairie Dr.
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Occupation:
Owner, Jamison Advertising
Family: Wife Beth, children Dan and Jessica
Education:
Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, University South Dakota
Years Residing in Sioux Falls:
47 years

In 50 words or less, please tell us why you want to serve on the Sioux Falls City Council:
I will return the Mayor’s focus to serving the people of Sioux Falls. With six years as a City Council member I’ve approved hundreds of zoning/development projects and I will continue to keep Sioux Falls growing. Our bright future includes a new modern roadway system and improved public safety. People First.

AT-LARGE COUNCIL MEMBER "A"
Emmett Reistroffer
Emmett Reistroffer
230 S. Phillips Ave. #411
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Occupation: Small business owner/consultant/community activist
Family:
Parents, one brother and one sister
Education:
Longfellow Elementary School, Patrick Henry Middle School, Lincoln High School, GED in Pipestone, Minn., currently taking classes at University Center.
Years Residing in Sioux Falls:
20 years

In 50 words or less, please tell us why you want to serve on the Sioux Falls City Council:
I will bring a new perspective to the decision-making process. Sioux Falls is moving in the right direction; I believe we need leaders with different perspectives and backgrounds. I’m passionate about bringing working poor families out of poverty and criminal justice reform. I want to serve the people of Sioux Falls.

Rex Rolfing
Rex Rolfing
108 W Doral Ct.
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Occupation:
Retired
Family:
Wife Margie; children TJ and Tiffany
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration, Augustana College; CLU and ChFC, American College
Years Residing in Sioux Falls:
40+ years

In 50 words or less, please tell us why you want to serve on the Sioux Falls City Council:
I am running for re-election because I want to give back to the city that has been so good to me. I want to finish the job I started. We are moving in the right direction and I want to keep the rudder in the right position for growth and prosperity.

Manny Steele
Manny Steele
3220 W. Zephyr Pl. #1
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Occupation:
Retired
Family:
Wife Barb
Education:
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration
Years Residing in Sioux Falls: 35 Years

In 50 words or less, please tell us why you want to serve on the Sioux Falls City Council:
My experience, after military, is in the telecommunication business: 14 years in construction/installation and 14 years in management. I served eight years as a state representative. I have worked in both the business and government arena. I enjoy working with people and believe I would be a good match for city council.

AT-LARGE COUNCIL MEMBER "B"
Christine M. Erickson
Christine M. Erickson
1109 Hyannis Port Ln.
Sioux Falls SD 57106
Occupation:
House of Representative District 11, Stay at home mom, rental owner
Family: Husband Tony, children Anthony, Braylon and Charlie
Education:
Associate’s Degree in Business Administration, National American University, Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, University of Sioux Falls
Years Residing in Sioux Falls: Lifelong South Dakotan, residing in Sioux Falls since 2002

In 50 words or less, please tell us why you want to serve on the Sioux Falls City Council:
As a State Representative I want to build the relationships between city and state. Building these relationships is vital for the success of Sioux Falls. Much of the decisions being made in Pierre impact our community, and I want to bridge these relationships to ensure the city’s focus is being represented.

Denny Pierson
Denny Pierson
2020 S. 1st Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Occupation:
Retired Insurance Business Owner
Family:
Wife, Linda; two daughters, three grandchildren
Education:
Bachelor’s degree, University of South Dakota; master’s degree Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, Ohio)
Years Residing in Sioux Falls:
29 years

In 50 words or less, please tell us why you want to serve on the Sioux Falls City Council:
Having served on the City Planning Commission for about three years, I have become more interested in serving in city government as a city councilman. The Council is where decisions are ultimately made and I would enjoy being part of that process.

CENTRAL DISTRICT COUNCIL MEMBER
Rebecca Dunn
Rebecca Dunn
320 N. Summit Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Occupation: Leadership Training-Corporate and Teens
Education: Bachelor’s Degree, University of South Dakota; Master’s Degree, University of Hawaii
Years Residing in Sioux Falls: 51 years

In 50 words or less, please tell us why you want to serve on the Sioux Falls City Council:
Growing up in the historic Cathedral District, I know how safe neighborhoods contribute to higher standards of living and education. Let’s keep the culture of strong neighborhoods and support sensible developments that truly reflect the values and consensus of how we wish to leave our community to future generations.

Michelle Erpenbach
Michelle Erpenbach
1004 E. 35th St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Occupation: Web Content Manager, The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society
Family: Husband, Steve; three adult children: Max, Jack and Grace.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, South Dakota State University
Years Residing in Sioux Falls: 25 years

In 50 words or less, please tell us why you want to serve on the Sioux Falls City Council:
I’m an advocate for thoughtful community leadership working toward a prosperous future. This council has accomplished a great deal, but there is more to be done. Among the challenges we face: a continued need for safe and decent housing for all, moving the downtown rail yard and developing smart zoning ordinances.

SOUTHEAST DISTRICT COUNCIL MEMBER
Rick Kiley
Rick Kiley
3809 S. Lisanne Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57103

Occupation: Director, South Dakota Motorcycle Rider Education Program, South Dakota Safety Council; Retired Teacher (33 years, Sioux Falls School District)
Family: Wife Donna; children: Michael, Jason (Ashley), Sara Young (Ryan); granddaughter: Etta
Education: O’Gorman High School, Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s of Education, South Dakota State University
Years Residing in Sioux Falls: Lifelong resident other than college

In 50 words or less, please tell us why you want to serve on the Sioux Falls City Council:
I wish to give back to the city that has provided me with an abundance of opportunities. I truly love Sioux Falls: its educational system, health system, business climate, parks and overall quality of living are second to none. I would love to have the opportunity to see it continue to prosper.

Bonita Schwan
Bonita Schwan
7601 S. Audie Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Occupation: Community Volunteer
Family: Children Sam, Sophia, Elijah, Georgianna
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Accounting with Honors, University of Texas; Doctor of Jurisprudence, Drake Law School
Years Residing in Sioux Falls: 20 years

In 50 words or less, please tell us why you want to serve on the Sioux Falls City Council:
The most important issue facing the City is the $384 million debt Sioux Falls is carrying. I would use my accounting and law degrees, and my previous oversight responsibility of the Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance for Governor Branstad, to pursue a strategy to pay that debt down early.

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER
Doug Morrison
Doug Morrison
2211 W. Cherrywood Cir.
Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Occupation: Controller at Citibank
Family: Wife Debra; children Matthew and Christina
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, University of South Dakota at Vermillion; Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
Years Residing in Sioux Falls: 26-plus years

In 50 words or less, please tell us why you want to serve on the Sioux Falls City Council:
I have a passion for children, education and my community. Keeping our school system vibrant and moving forward will help ensure the future success of our community. I feel my background lends itself to the characteristics necessary to be a successful School Board Member.

Roger Russell
Roger Russell
2508 S. Holly Ave.,
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Occupation: Realtor for 18 years
Family: Wife Judy; blended family with seven children
Education: University of Sioux Falls, South Dakota State University, Pro-Ed
Years Residing in Sioux Falls: 42 years

In 50 words or less, please tell us why you want to serve on the Sioux Falls City Council:
I want to serve on the Sioux Falls School Board to help provide the best educational experience for every child, be responsive to parents and citizens’ concerns, and hold the district accountable for proper management of the taxpayer’s money.

INITIATED MEASURES/REFERRED LAWS
CHAMBER POSITIONS:

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce researched three of the four issues also appearing on the April 8 ballot. Click here to read the Issue Briefs.

The Chamber’s Board of Directors took positions on three of the four issues. Click here to read the Board’s recommendations.


Two initiated measures were proposed by petition for submission to voters. These initiated measures will not become effective unless approved by majority vote.

Snow Gates (Initiated Measure 1)
Sioux Falls voters will also determine if snowgates will be implemented within the City’s snow removal plan. Residents opposed to the direct implementation of snowgates (designed to reduce the amount of snow in driveways and intersections) collected enough signatures to place the issue on the ballot.

The Chamber Board encourages voters to further study this issue; however, it did not take a formal position on Initiated Measure 1.

Spellerberg Pool (Initiated Measure 2)
A “yes” vote would result in an outdoor pool being built at Spellerberg Park and a “no” vote would pave the way for an indoor aquatics facility at Spellerberg.

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce believes it is time for Sioux Falls to construct and operate a public indoor swimming facility (or facilities) to support year-round aquatic activities for all citizens and competitive swimming for local teams.

Phase 1 of the City’s aquatic facility master plan recommends adding a centralized indoor aquatics facility by 2016. Also, the City’s master plan includes recommendations on the types, sizes and locations of other public aquatic facilities within Sioux Falls for the next ten years.

We recommend a “no” vote in order for the City to move forward with an indoor aquatics facility at Spellerberg Park.


Two laws were adopted by the Sioux Falls City Council and were referred to the voters by petition. These laws will not become effective unless approved by majority vote.

Shape Places (Referred Law 3)
A “yes” vote would adopt the Shape Places zoning plan and a “no” vote would retain the City’s existing zoning ordinance.

The Chamber participated in many public input and informational sessions that led to the adoption of the Shape Places ordinance by the Sioux Falls City Council. The process was thorough and provided the public ample opportunity for input and comment. Therefore, the Chamber supports the adoption of Shape Places as the new and modernized planning and zoning ordinance for Sioux Falls to provide certainty and efficiency for developers as well as clarity and the ability to participate in the process for residents.

We recommend that the City consider reviewing the ordinance to ensure that public input concerns are fully addressed and recommend a “yes” vote on the Shape Places ordinance on April 8, 2014.

85th Street and Minnesota Avenue
(Referred Law 4)
A “yes” vote would result in the City proceeding with planned rezoning at 85th Street and Minnesota Avenue and a “no” vote would deny rezoning at this location.

The Chamber rarely engages in specific zoning issues at the Council level or at the community level. The administration of zoning ordinances is the responsibility of City Government through the Planning Commission and ultimately legislative action by the Sioux Falls City Council. That is how the process worked in the instance of the rezoning at 85th Street and Minnesota Avenue, but this decision was challenged and referred to a public vote in April 2014.

The Chamber believes that sound planning and development requires the predictable administration of zoning ordinances. The City of Sioux Falls has a sound process for vetting zoning issues as well as for thorough public input. We believe that this process was appropriately followed on this request.

We also believe that zoning ordinance administration needs to be well organized and consistent so that developers and citizens can proceed with certainty. Thus, we recommend a “yes” vote to support the rezoning at 85th Street and Minnesota Avenue.

CHARTER AMENDMENTS

Sioux Falls voters will also decide on three amendments to the city’s charter proposed by the City of Sioux Falls Charter Revision Commission.

Charter Amendment A:

Charter Amendment “A” relates to the terms of office. The city attorney’s explanation states that the proposed change would allow scheduling flexibility for city council terms of office to begin whichever day the city council meets during the third week of May immediately following the official canvas of an April election. Current language requires the term to begin on Monday of that third week of May.

A vote “Yes” will change the city charter.
A vote “No” will leave the city charter as it is.

Charter Amendment B:

Charter Amendment “B” also deals with scheduling. The city attorney’s explanation states that if passed, the amendment would allow scheduling flexibility for the mayor’s term of office to begin on whichever day the City Council regularly meets during the third week of May immediately following the official canvas of an April municipal election. Current language requires the term to begin on Monday of that third week of May.

A vote “Yes” will change city charter.
A vote “No” will leave the city charter as it is.

Charter Amendment C:

Charter Amendment “C” is in regards to the mayor’s appointed legal officer. The city attorney’s explanation states that the proposed amendment change would require a majority of the eight members of the City Council consent to the mayor’s appointment of the city attorney; currently the language is unclear as to how many council members must vote to consent to such an appointment.

A second proposed change, as approved and submitted by the Charter Revision Commission, would require that a majority of the eight members of the city council consent to the mayor’s decision to remove the city attorney during a mayor’s four-year term. Currently, the mayor has the sole authority to remove the city attorney at any time. The mayor would retain the authority to remove the city attorney without council consent at the start of the mayor’s second term of office, should the mayor be re-elected.

A vote “Yes” will change city charter.
A vote “No” will leave the city charter as it is.


Complete ballot language on these Charter Amendments can be found here.

VOTING CENTER LOCATIONS
Voters may vote at ANY of the following Vote Centers on April 8 between 7 a.m.-7 p.m.:

First Lutheran Church, 327 S. Dakota Ave.

Wesley United Methodist Church, 1700 E. Sixth St.

Kenny Anderson Community Center, 3701 E. Third St.

Sioux Falls Arena, 1201 N. West Ave.

Oyate Community Center, 2421 W. 15th St.

MariCar Community Center, 400 N. Valley View Rd.

Memorial Middle School, 1401 S. Sertoma Ave.

Peace Lutheran Church, 5509 W. 41st St.

Faith Baptist Church, 601 W. 57th St.

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 5500 E. 57th St.

Morningside Community Center, 2400 S. Bahnson Ave.

Asbury United Methodist Church, 2425 S. Western Ave.

Instructional Planning Center, 201 E. 38th St.

To find out if you are registered to vote in Sioux Falls,
go to the Secretary of State’s website: www.sdsos.gov.

 


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