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SF City Council Candidates: Northeast District

April 6, 2008, 9:30 AM by Karen Sherman

Here is more information on the four people running for the Northeast District position on the Sioux Falls City Council.

Ron Sauby
Age: 57
Occupation: Self-employed
Family: Single
Top priorities:
Serving the Public Philosophy as a Personal Priority: As a city councilor my goal is to effectively serve the citizens of the northeast district. I need to be mindful that public service comes with responsibilities of leadership, to listen and communicate with citizens. Above all to make decisions based on facts and common sense, not half-truths and bad information.
As a city councilor I need to remember it is the public's money being spent and it needs to be spent wisely by setting priorities; not by being quick to raise taxes, especially unfair taxes.
Top Program Priorities:
Security: Safety protection with adequate police and fire personnel is important. Increase presence of police officers has decreased the crime calls in Pettigrew Heights. Fire and police department heads should determine staffing guidelines based on criteria they consider being adequate for protection for today and plan for a safe tomorrow. The city's budget should reflect a serious attempt to meet budgetary demands to provide security. Security is part of the quality-of-life of a community, citizens' sense of security has a positive influence on people's attitude to the community where they reside.
Infrastructure: A challenge for the city is to assure adequate future water source to citizens and businesses. City infrastructure of water, sewer, and streets need to be maintained in the core, older part of the city while providing infrastructure to new development as Sioux Falls expands. Upgrade and expansion of infrastructure is costly, priorities and planning would be ways to wisely use city funding.
Economic Development: Sioux Falls' history is an excellent example of an emphasis on economic development; and today our city has the benefit of a positive quality-of-life and business climate. City's role is to encourage economic development, but it comes with challenges and cost. We should continue the tradition with wise economic development decisions comes a positive future with growth, good quality-of-life, and employment. Economic development provides a source of revenue for city's budget. 

Randy Ristesund
Age: 51
Occupation: Quality Tech at Target National Bank
Family: Mother, 7 brothers and sisters
Top priorities: Fiscal responsibility, manage growth, representation of middle and lower income residents.

Kenny Anderson Jr.
: 49
Family: Mother, Muriel Anderson, Sisters: Shelly Emmel, Stephanie Anderson, Pam Anderson, Rene Anderson, 9 Nieces and Nephews, 4 Great Nieces and Nephews.
I am a lifelong resident of Sioux Falls and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Occupation: Technical Support Representative/CCC Information Services.
Top priorities:
1.Growth of Sioux Falls and working with surrounding communities that are affected by it.
By working with the smaller communities surrounding Sioux Falls to enhance the quality of life for each. The joint counties, cities, school meeting are a great start.
2. Continued Diversity education.
As the city changes we are seeing a growing diversity population. The city needs to work with new and existing people in Sioux Falls to be active in the community and keep Sioux Falls the welcoming, accepting city that we are know for.
3. Public Safety / maintain standards appropriate to the cities' growth.
I believe they have hired enough police officers and firefighters for our current needs. I do not support a population-based formula for staffing. The department heads, city council members, and the mayor all need to work together to determine the needs of the city. 

Amanda Todd
Age: 27
Occupation: Mail Processing Clerk
Family: Single
Top priorities if elected to the Sioux Falls City Council:
The first thing would be to not implement the so-called second penny tax. If someone doesn't have much money to begin with, every penny counts.
I also believe that the taxes we have now should go towards fixing roads, low-income housing, and other needs people have before spending the city's money on "beautifying" downtown for business interests. There is no way to undo what the city council has already done, but what the council will do next can be.
Another priority would be to save Howard Wood. If Sioux Falls continues to tear down its landmarks, the city will never have a sense of history. What makes a town great is the citizens' sense of belonging and places like Howard Wood give people that history and feeling of community. 

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