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April 11, 2018 06:08 PM

Erickson, Brekke React To Victories

Sioux Falls, SD

Sioux Falls voters did more than vote for a new mayor on Tuesday- they also filled spots on the city council, with Janet Brekke and Christine Erickson each winning their races.

One is continuing her time on the city council, while the other is set to begin.

"I feel really good, because I look at my success as an example of how to build consensus,” Brekke said. “Because if you look at who supported me, you had a combination, a rare combination of business elite and grass roots."

"We're really excited to be able to have the city trust me and put their faith in me for another four years, really speaks volumes, and so I'm very grateful and thankful for the opportunity," Erickson said.

If you're looking for change at the Sioux Falls City Council, you may be heartened by what these two soon-to-be fellow councilors have to say.

"When we start making the changes that need to be made, in the structure, and doing long-range planning like I talked about, it's no longer going to be that breakdown of four and four, because we're going to be working together as a team," Brekke said.

"I think it's exciting to have fresh perspectives come in to the council, we will have a couple of new fresh faces, as well as a fresh mayor, and so when that comes in, it's easier sometimes to implement some new changes," Erickson said.

"When we make those structural changes, you'll see the factions disappear. So I don't see it as a weighted game anymore," Brekke said.

"I'm thinking that you're probably going to be seeing some stuff that may deal with some transparency, we are in budget season starting here soon, again, and so we'll start diving into the CIP and budgeting for our 2019 at-ready," Erickson said.

There is another city council spot still up for grabs; the central district race is heading into a runoff election on May 1. Zach DeBoer and Curt Soehl earned the most votes on Tuesday with just a 53 vote difference between the two.

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