During the 2014 Mayoral Candidate Forum, both Mayor Mike Huether and challenger Greg Jamison shared their ideas about how to address the rapid growth of Sioux Falls. Jamison was quick to go after Huether on the topic of crime.
"Sioux Falls needs more than a cheerleader, we need a leader, and some of the challenges with that growth include a growing crime problem. Felony violent crimes are up 48-percent in our community. What are you going to do about that? You've got to have a plan," Jamison said.
Jamison added that he plans to put a task force together to focus on the ten most violent criminals in the city, but Huether was quick to respond that there is a task force like that already in place, and that he is not ignoring the crime problem.
"I've been paying attention to the things that happen in this town, I've been doing it since I've been the Mayor. I don't need a report a couple of weeks ago presented at the County Commissioners meeting to all of a sudden now address and draw my attention to a topic that involves every family member of this town," Huether said.
The two candidates also went head-to-head in discussing the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. They both are impressed at where the project stands now, but Jamison says the issue of parking is being ignored.
"People show up with their $150 ticket to a show and have to realize 'Oh, I should've gotten on the shuttle bus over at the fairgrounds to get here.' That's when we'll probably realize, that's the cold bucket of water that says yes, there is a problem," Jamison said.
Jamison wanted a recognition that there is a parking problem, but instead he received a rejection of parking alternatives.
"Who in their right mind wants to spend $30,000-40,000 per parking spot for a ramp that is going to sit empty almost all the time? It's not a financially prudent thing to do," Huether said.
Jamison went on to clarify that he never stated he wanted a parking ramp.
If you would like to watch the full mayoral candidate forum, we have a link to the full special report.