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Staggers Takes At-Large City Council Seat

April 11, 2012, 7:31 AM by Austin Hoffman

Staggers Takes At-Large City Council Seat
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

The City of Sioux Falls has selected its four latest city council members. However it's not the first time around for any of them.

Kermit Staggers has already served on the city council for eight years. This time around, he says one of his biggest goals will be to make sure the city stays on budget with the events center.

"Well, you know when you have a race like this, it’s very difficult to know what the result will be," Staggers said.

Those results were well in the favor of newly-elected City Councilman Staggers. He ended the night with 50 percent of the vote. And it wasn't just handed to him either. His campaign budget was much smaller than one of his opponents, so he knew it was going to be a fight.

"We had a very low budget campaign, and it was, right from the beginning, going to be a grass-roots campaign," Staggers said.

In his last tenure, he was known as a 'watchdog,' which is a title he plans on keeping.

"The citizens of Sioux Falls want the city to keep its promise of spending only $115 million.  So, I'm going to be there watching to make sure that’s the case," Staggers said.

While he says the events center is one of the biggest issues the council will have in the upcoming years, it's not the only thing he wants to focus on.

"I think many citizens want to get back to the basics when it comes to city government. Back to the basics, making sure that we have excellent infrastructure, because if you don't have excellent infrastructure, then you're not going to have economic development," Staggers said.

Greg Jamison won in the Southwest District with 66 percent of the vote. Dean Karsky is the councilman for the Northwest District with 75 percent of the vote. Kenny Anderson Jr. won the Northeast district with 78 percent of the vote.

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