TenHaken wants your vote, even if he struggles to find a municipal polling place himself

Vote for me! Just don’t ask directions to a polling place.

Cameraman Bruce authored this post and researched the data;

Paul is not a very involved voter. It is interesting he preaches to be active and engaged but doesn’t follow the example he sets. He may be a great Republican but only in the November General Elections. He has not voted in a Primary Election since he registered to vote in Sioux Falls in 2004.

Now let’s look at his civic involvement. He wants to be our mayor but he does not show much interest in caring about municipal elections. He is a resident of Sioux Falls School district but he rarely votes in any of the school board elections only odd year elections. He apparently had a point of view on the school start date issue in 2015.

He wants to replace our mayor of all he thinks, the guy we have tolerated for so long who will be leaving office in less than 6 months. You would think he would be an active voter wouldn’t you? Our data shows he has voted in 2 city elections since 2004, including the Events Center advisory vote (non legally binding) to give cover for our current mayor to spend $180,000,000.00 on wrinkled tin foil.

We’ll have more data soon on the other candidates (we must share the love). We don’t expect to see many changes.

The Voting Record of a True Civic Leader

11/7/2006 – General Election

11/4/2008 – General Election

11/2/2010 – General Election

11/8/2011 – Events Center

11/6/2012 – General Election

4/10/2012 – City-Municipal / School shared election

11/4/2014 – General Election

4/14/2015 – School Start Date



11 comments ↓

#1 Sandman on 11.23.17 at 9:22 pm

Mildly interesting. Please tell us you have something more compelling to analyze than this. One would think the fact that PTH is not associated with your nemesis the mayor would at least allow you the pretense of treating him fairly.

#2 l3wis on 11.23.17 at 9:30 pm

“Please tell us you have something more compelling to analyze than this.”

Oh, I do.

#3 Dude on 11.23.17 at 11:48 pm

$180M? The event center vote was for $115M, a far cry from 180 million

#4 l3wis on 11.23.17 at 11:56 pm

Final cost once the mortgage is paid. It was an advisory vote, didn’t mean a hill of beans. An actual bond vote would have required 60%. The council approved this.

#5 Bruce on 11.24.17 at 8:14 am

The final mortgage on the building is $180 million. By the time we finish the building with all the things our mayor should have done correctly before the opening, our taxes will very likely pay over $200,000,000.00. Our let’s build it cheap and fast businessman mayor has given us a real jewel.

#6 The D@ily Spin on 11.24.17 at 9:09 am

Everybody forgets Russell Street widening and utilities upgrades not mentioned and included with EC construction. The real cost could be 250m or more. Denty has proven itself a valuable city asset. I was opposed to it. I was wrong. I just wish it could have been built without shortcuts and inferior construction.

#7 The D@ily Spin on 11.24.17 at 9:14 am

TenHaken is just another insignificant somebody crowding the mayor ballot so there must be a runoff.

#8 taxpayer on 11.24.17 at 11:19 am

Dude, you obviously are not well-informed.

Did you vote FOR the EC, NOT understanding the true cost of the project?

#9 Bruce on 11.24.17 at 8:58 pm

taxpayer, many of us who vote in every election actually did vote against the EC just on principle of wasting $180,000,000 on a poorly planned and conceived project.

BTW, there were 11,000+ people who showed up to vote on November 8, 2011 and never voted in Sioux Falls again. They only wanted a play palace built to satisfy the ego of one man.

#10 Blasphemo on 11.25.17 at 10:42 am

Sandman: if you think voting history is only “mildly interesting” where the qualifications of a mayoral candidate of a 250k+ population MSA are concerned . . . .then you are EXACTLY the type of citizen whose voting priviledges need to be revoked. Candidates worthy of consideration need to demonstrate a committment to the democratic process that started more than a week before announcing their candidacy. Watchdog data such as this is precisely what exposes lesser qualified candidates as poseurs. We end up with elected officials like Trump because of voters who discount, discard or ignore important facts like this.

#11 Emoluments Clause on 11.26.17 at 6:33 pm

Hey, he knows first hand that young people do not vote. Give him some credit were credit is due.

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