SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — A second municipal ballot question committee has filed paperwork with the Sioux Falls city clerk’s office. 

The group Sioux Falls Open for Business says its purpose is to “oppose the slaughterhouse ordinance.” It filed paperwork with the city clerk’s office Tuesday morning. You can view the statement of organization document at the attached link and on the city clerk’s website.

Former city council member Christine Erickson is the chair of the committee and Lorin Pankratz is the treasurer. Erickson is now serving as the executive director for the South Dakota Trucking Association and Automobile Dealers Association. 

In the upcoming election, registered Sioux Falls voters will vote on whether new slaughterhouses are banned from being built and permitted to operate inside the city limits of Sioux Falls. It would not pertain to any existing slaughterhouses constructed and operating before the effective date of the measure. 

The group Smart Growth Sioux Falls started the petition and turned in more than 10,000 signatures in favor of the initiated measure to get it on the ballot. The group raised more than $90,000 in recently released campaign finance reports. 

The group wants to stop Wholestone Farms from building a $600 million hog processing facility near Interstate 229 and Benson Road. Wholestone Farms has constructed a “custom slaughterhouse” to open before the initiated measure goes into effect.  

“Desperately rallying interests groups at the eleventh hour proves that Wholestone’s backers know their butcher shop scheme won’t work,” Smart Growth Sioux Falls spokesman Robert Peterson said in an emailed statement. “More than 10,000 residents signed our petition, and they’re not going to be fooled into letting new slaughterhouses stink up our community, contaminate our water, or drive down property values.”

KELOLAND News has also reached out Erickson for comment about Peterson’s statement on the starting of Sioux Falls Open for Business.

“Isn’t it ironic the person trying to stop Wholestone, after they followed all the rules, is hiding behind a shadow website and spokesperson,” Erickson told KELOLAND News in an emailed statement. “It’s unfortunate that our state’s agriculture industry and supporters have to step up with their hard-earned money to get the truth out. When the states No. 1 industry does well all business does well and I want to thank our ranchers and farmers for their continued support.”

Early voting starts on Sept. 23 in South Dakota. Voter registration ends Oct. 24 and Election Day is Nov. 8.