Each SF Mayoral Candidate Shares Thoughts On Transparency


It’s been perhaps the buzzword of the 2018 Sioux Falls mayoral race: transparency. We know it’s on a lot of your minds, so we’re bringing you both candidates’ thoughts. Paul TenHaken and Jolene Loetscher will face each other in a runoff election on May 1 after receiving the most votes among six candidates on April 10.

On Wednesday each candidate spoke about transparency; TenHaken did so at a campaign event talking about what he’d do in his first months as mayor, and later Wednesday afternoon KELOLAND News asked Loetscher what steps she would take to improve transparency.

“Transparency and trust are values, and we have lived those values through the campaign, and they are not campaign promises that people need to wait until May first to see that we’re going to act on,” Loetscher said.

“This has been the big one on the campaign is openness with communication and with transparency,” TenHaken said. 

TenHaken says he wants to hold media roundtables.

“Who would you like to deal with, do you want to talk with directors, do you always want to hear from the mayor, how have we done in the past, where can we get better to make your job easier and less frustrating with getting information out of City Hall,” TenHaken said.

Loetscher, a former KELOLAND reporter, also talked about utilizing the media.

“That is the most important tool that we have as a mayor, and as a city to communicate, is through the media, and so we need to continue to do that,” Loetscher said. 

“What does ideal communication with City Hall look like, and how can we best facilitate that,” TenHaken said. “Because we’re not trying to keep anything from anyone.” 

“I would love to see the City Council take on an ordinance that would look similar to the bill that was brought forward in the legislature that didn’t go through regarding confidentiality and secret settlements, and do that as well,” Loetscher said. “We have also committed to when we make major decisions there being a one-page summary that explains why that decision was made.” 

Both candidates praise their own transparency.

“You will see my track record in the private sector is so open, and so overly transparent, and so I look forward to providing that more open style with the media, and I think that’s what I would hope would come out of that roundtable that we’d have maybe once a year,” TenHaken said. 

“When it comes to transparency, I think no campaign has been as transparent as ours,” Loetscher said. 

Before you go to the polls on May 1, make sure and tune in for our KELOLAND News Special: Mayoral Debate next Tuesday night. We will be asking both candidates your questions.

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