SF Mayoral Candidates Weigh In On How They Would Begin Their Time In Office


In just 13 days, Sioux Falls voters will pick their next mayor. Both Jolene Loetscher and Paul TenHaken advanced to the runoff on May 1. We’re hearing from both about how the beginning of their time in the mayor’s office might look if they’re elected. 

TenHaken held an event Wednesday where he talked about what the first few months of his term as mayor would look like. Afterward, KELOLAND News asked his opponent about what the first few months of a Loetscher administration would look like. 

“I called this press conference to talk about what I’m going to call my 100 day plan should I be honored to serve as mayor of the city,” TenHaken said.

“Our immediate focus right now is not making the assumption that we have won, and making hires,” Loetscher said. “Our work is going to be to continue to earn the votes of the citizens.” 

“I’m going to highlight the three points that I’ve kind of campaigned a lot about over the last nine months,” TenHaken said. “The first point being the narcotics growth in Sioux Falls, second point being workforce, and the third point being the transparency, communication out of City Hall.” 

“We have been having conversations, that’s what we’ll do for the next 13 days, that’s what we’re going to do for the next four years,” Loetscher said. “We are going to have conversations about precinct-focused policing and improving transportation, and we’ve said on day one what we’re going to do is, of course, be more open and transparent.” 

“One of the things I want to do early on is I want to have a media roundtable with the members of the media, and say, ‘In a perfect world, how does City Hall communicate with you? What’s an expected turnaround time when you have questions?'” TenHaken said.

“I understand that having a working relationship and an open door, or no door, with the media is important,” Loetscher said. “If you turn your back on the media, you turn your back on the citizens.”

Unlike the current mayor, both candidates say they would hire a chief of staff. Both candidates also talked about transparency. You’ll hear their thoughts about this Wednesday night on KELOLAND News at Ten. 

Before you cast a ballot, join us for a KELOLAND News special, a mayoral debate next Tuesday night when we will be asking both candidates your questions. You still have time to send them in.  

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