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Huether, Jamison Tout Differences In First Appearance

February 19, 2014, 6:00 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Huether, Jamison Tout Differences In First Appearance

Mayor Mike Huether and his challenger Greg Jamison made their first joint appearance of the Sioux Falls mayoral campaign Wednesday.

With the election more than a month away both candidates touted their accomplishments and differences in front of members of the Realtor Association of the Sioux Empire.

It wasn't a debate but it was clear the candidates were trying to win over the room.

"Because I'm running against the incumbent it's time to challenge those decisions and look for a change," Jamison said.

"Four years ago the roads of this town were not in the best shape. We've made a lot of good progress," Huether said.

Huether spent his time during the RASE monthly meeting at Pizza Ranch talking about four years of street and economic improvements in Sioux Falls.

"We've got folks building again. We've got folks dreaming again. We've got folks investing again. And guess what real estate community? We've got people buying again," Huether said.

Huether says a new events center will open on time and under budget in September, something that was only a dream for the city last time he ran for mayor.

"People said there's no way you'll operate that thing in the black. Guess what? We will operate that thing in the black," Huether said.

But Jamison says too much time has been spent on special projects and the city needs to re-focus on the problems that come with growth such as crime and an adequate police force.

"It's not rah, rah, rah we're building a new events center part, it's serious stuff because those 3,000 people who come to town there's other things that come to town. We have to address all of it. You can't just get the good part," Jamison said.

Jamison says if he is elected he'll focus on the citizens of Sioux Falls.

"My focus about the future is about the people of our city," Jamison said.

And in just six weeks those people will decide which candidate should lead the city.

Jamison and Huether are the only two candidates running for mayor so far.

The election will be held April 8.

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