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Balancing Act Difficult For SF City Council Members

February 18, 2014, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Balancing Act Difficult For SF City Council Members

For those who choose a life of public service, they say it may not be glamorous, but it is fulfilling. That is what city council members keep reminding themselves as they try to make time for everything.

"I don't know that I'm actually balancing it, I'm just doing the best I can," Sioux Falls Mayoral candidate Greg Jamison said.

The ultimate goal of any election campaign is to win and serve the people. That alone is a stressful task, but for those already on the Sioux Falls City Council, that's not all they're doing.

"We've got all kinds of things going on with the election and, of course, I also have the task force on transportation, which takes a lot of time also, there's a lot of meetings with that, and then just our regular council information and agendas. It keeps us very, very busy," city council member Rex Rolfing said.

It can create a life where between a full-time job, duties with the council and an election campaign, they are non-stop from the early morning hours until late at night.

"In the morning, going to a meeting and then trying to create a brochure or something like that, and then do a press conference or something like that and then do city council stuff and then go do a meet-and-greet with citizens and talk about my campaign. It's crazy, but it's fun," Jamison said.

It's a life they've all chosen to be a part of, and they have given a lot of themselves to do it.

"I don't have a lot of free time or a lot of personal or even family time. It's a sacrifice, but again, that reward will come if I earn that honor to serve the people," Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether said.

Time with family is still part of the daily equation, but that time is often a casualty to the public need.

"When somebody calls and says 'Hey Dad, do you want to go have breakfast?' and you're like 'That'd be great, but I'm just walking into a press conference, so I can't.' Those kinds of things are tough," Jamison said.

They all look forward to the day when they can relax, but until then, it is full steam ahead for everyone.

"I go hard. It's a blessing, and it's a curse," Huether said.

Council member Michelle Erpenbach, who is also running for re-election, has a 'Countdown To Election Day' alarm set on her phone, not just to celebrate that day, but to mark the moment where everyone can finally take a deep breath.

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