Does Sioux Falls City Councilor Stehly already have a challenger?

I know, pretty crazy considering a Sioux Falls City Council election is about a year away. Besides that, Stehly hasn’t decided whether she will run for a second term, she has a long time to decide.

This all started about a month ago when a new comer to city politics who worships the ground PTH walks on and is a local entrepreneur (or something) said he would raise $100K to whoever would run against Stehly.

It seems he has found his guinea pig.

Until I get it confirmed from a couple more sources, I will only say this prospect is a young professional in the community (30’s) who had a short stint in the SD legislature and is a devote Republican.

I know them, and they are intelligent and very capable of giving Stehly a run for her money. But I also think there will be other challengers.

Never thought I would be talking about the the 2020 city election this early, but it also doesn’t surprise me with how this current council and mayor has been performing.


#1 SL on 04.30.19 at 7:54 pm

Wonderful news….not. Just what this city doesn’t need is another puppet following PTH.

#2 theresa stehly on 04.30.19 at 9:30 pm

You are right, is way to early to embark on the campaign trail.

I told the Mayor and Matt Paulson this week, I pray that whoever sits in my seat in 2020, has a deep love and regard for the average citizen and is prepared to put in 20-30 hours a week in responsive public service.

The citizens also need someone with an independent, courageous spirit who will scrutinize the spending of tax dollars, ask the tough questions and propose legislation that will solve problems and improve the quality of life for all residents.

We also need someone who will mindfully reach out to the people and listen to their side of the issues. It is so easy to become surrounded by the City administration, the Chamber, the powerful business leaders and the developers.

Of course these powerful, affluent people are very important to our community and they have allies on the Council. But there is a growing segment of our population who don’t feel that they are being listened to by our government. They also need and deserve a voice on the City Council.

Bridging the gap between the diverse economic, social gap of our town is the growing challenge that can’t be ignored. We need to work together, whether we are elected or not, to grow into a more caring community.

This is where the strong neighborhood associations and watch groups are really making a difference. They are exhibiting very impressive outreach efforts. Some of them have come together because of the lack of responsiveness from City government. And they are being heard! Keep up the good work and let’s continue to build on this effort. AMEN


#3 "Very Stable Genius" on 04.30.19 at 9:48 pm

It might be the time to buy the longest available Converse call options.

#4 USD on 04.30.19 at 11:07 pm

I was approached by another council member at the beginning of the year with the idea of running against her. Then a few weeks later a local journalist also mentioned the idea to me. Obviously I’d never run against her even if the donation money would be good.

Her seat can’t be bought we learned that in 2016.

#5 Warren Phear on 05.01.19 at 7:35 am

Under the “new” and “improved” rules, Theresa will face at least 2 challengers. That will leave her in a runoff with deep pockets. The system is rigged.

#6 anominous on 05.01.19 at 10:19 am

Lol, cologne and cufflinks to the rescue.

#7 anonymous on 05.01.19 at 12:17 pm

I spent 26 years in this town working multiple jobs at once just in order to keep my head above water.

There are many average and low income SF residents who have seen over the past four years that Councilors Starr and Stehly (along with recently-elected Brekke) are the members of the Council who actually work to represent us.

Also, there are many at all economic levels who have had their neighborhoods protected by Brekke, Starr and Stehly.

In April 2020, they will have our vote.

Hopefully, other candidates who will represent average and low income citizens will come forward in the Northwest and Southwest Districts to run against Neitzert and Selberg who have not represented us well.

#8 Ljl on 05.01.19 at 3:37 pm

People can have all the right words and intentions but the delivery and actions will always be what we’re judged by.

I’ve tried very hard to teach my kids to act with grace and honor even when your right but on the losing side. Lose with honor and you won’t lose your honor.

#9 Warren Phear on 05.01.19 at 8:52 pm

This political newcomer that worships the ground PTH walks on. Does he own a farm, e-i-e-o?

#10 anonymous on 05.02.19 at 7:21 am

No, WP, after listening to his million cups pitch, I think he’s a snake oil salesman.

Hmm…..a million two, wonder how that’s working out for those investors.

#11 Matthew Paulson on 05.02.19 at 4:08 pm

Making anonymous accusations that someone is a scam artist over the internet. Real brave, anonymous.

#12 Matthew Paulson on 05.02.19 at 4:09 pm

Unlike the rest of you cowards, I’m not afraid to use my real name when commenting on the Internet.

#13 Adam White, The Sioux Falls Headliner on 05.02.19 at 5:04 pm

Someone started an internet fight and didn’t invite me?

#14 Rich on 05.04.19 at 10:28 am

Matthew Paulson on 05.02.19 at 4:09 pm
“Unlike the rest of you cowards, I’m not afraid to use my real name when commenting on the Internet.”

Congratulations? Mazel tov?

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