It's Election Day and Sioux Falls voters will have the opportunity to vote for city council candidates. On Tuesday, voters can decide who will take the Central, Southeast, At-Large "A" and At-Large "B" seats in the city council.
Rebecca Dunn and Michelle Erpenbach are running for the central district seat. If elected, Dunn says she will work to make our city streets safer and incumbent Erpenbach says she wants to continue her time on the council and finish projects she has seen happen.
“I'm certainly going to be investigating how we can reinforce our police officers, how we can stop the escalation of meth in Sioux Falls,” Dunn said.
“I'm concerned about safe and affordable housing for everyone in our community, not just a select few. I really am concerned about the railroad relocation. It is happening gradually and I want to be part of that vision of what it becomes,” Erpenbach said.
In the Southeast district, two candidates are running for city council. Rick Kiley is up against Bonita Schwan and both have lived in South Dakota. Schwan says she wants to bridge the gap between council members and their constituents. Kiley says if elected he wants to focus his efforts on the police and fire departments.
“Provide them with the training and the skills they need to effectively do their jobs and I also feel that workforce development is very, very important,” Kiley said.
“This past summer when I was involved in a petition drive and I was hearing from citizens that they were feeling frustrated that their voice was not being heard. It was at that time that I knew I could step up and I could help,” Schwan said.
The city council race for At-Large "A" is the biggest city council race. The candidates are Emmett Reistroffer, Manny Steele and incumbent Rex Rolfing.
“One thing I think is very important is to repeal the grocery tax at the city level, so that we can relieve some burden off of working families that need to feed their family and their children,” Reistroffer said.
“We have extra funds coming in, let's use that money wisely because we have $400 million in debt for the city of Sioux Falls and I think some of that can be taken care of now while we are making some good revenue coming in,” Steele said.
“We need to revamp our transit system in some areas and by doing that we need to hopefully increase the amount of service we give to everybody,” Rolfing said.
The two candidates running for the At-Large “B” seat on the city council are Christine Erickson and Denny Pierson. If elected both say they listen to the voice of the voters.
“For me, to be elected is really being a voice to the people. I think it's so important to be transparent to all taxpayers, making sure you're available, listen to both sides of the issue,” Erickson said.
“City government, county government, state and national government, we've lost touch with our voting people because we simply aren't listening very well and I think I would be to the council that different dynamic,” Pierson said.