Editorial Cartoonist from South Dakota
Sioux Falls SD – Greg Jamison signed the Mayor Integrity Trust Pledge today at 1:00 pm. The signing of the Mayor Integrity Trust Pledge signify to all the people of Sioux Falls that Jamison will not make personal investments into land or any other business where his decisions as mayor could give him an unfair advantage to make money.
“As Mayor, I pledge to all the people of Sioux Falls, that while in office I or my spouse will not be an investor in any real estate development or make other business investments that require oversight and approval by the City Council and/or city employees who are under my direct control. I disclose any and all investments that are currently in violation of this pledge.” said Jamison.
Jamison wants all the people of Sioux Falls to know that he does not personally have land investments as seen on his financial interest statement filed Monday. Recently, Mike Huether was quoted in the December 15, 2013 Argus Leader stating, “Come on, you’re telling me that Mayor Dave Munson, Mayor Gary Hanson, Mayor Rick Knobe or any of the mayors before me have never invested in real estate while in office?” As Jonathan Ellis reported, none of the mayors mentioned had any land investments. Gary Hanson noted, “I turned down those simply because it would only appear to be an impropriety on my part. Right now I know that a couple of those folks have become millionaires in those investments that I chose not to be an investor.”
Jamison had this to say about signing the pledge, “Nothing the mayor does should create any question as to the integrity of his office. The mayor should not have an unfair advantage to make money from his service to Sioux Falls. In the end it all comes down to trust. Having direct control over city employees and having land development deals violates the trust voters have instilled in you. That is why I’m signing this pledge to all the people of Sioux Falls. We need to restore integrity and trust to the mayor’s office.” Jamison invites Mike Huether to join him in signing the pledge to disclose any conflicted investment and not make investments that the office of mayor has direct influence over.
Greg better be careful using R & R to raise money, doesn’t he know, Mike invented R & R, and he did it while collecting empty beer cans at the Icehouse in Yankton.
On March 20th, at the District, I will be hosting Kory and the Fireflies for a fundraising concert. Doors will open at 6:30pm and the concert will start at 7pm. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door.
Tickets can be purchased at our campaign office, 2119 S. Minnesota Avenue Sioux Falls, or by emailing Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please spread the word and bring your friends!
These are the TWEETS from Atyeo’s coverage of the first Mayoral Forum;
Jamison said City Hall is not listening to the people on pool, Walmart issues.
Jamison says he’ll bridge the gap between the mayor and the council.
Jamison talks about the difference in his management style: The perspective that I have from the city council is very unique.
Jamison says the city must address crime: It’s not the ‘rah, rah, rah, we’re building a new events center’ part. It’s serious stuff.
Jamison responds: The main thrust for me running is I think we can do better.
First questions for Jamison: Are we going to take a nonpartisan election and turn it into a Republican, Democrat fiasco?
Jamison: Addressing crime will help protect the value of homes.
Jamison wants to put the people first, not the politicians, he says.
Jamison says he doesn’t agree with all of city’s decisions, and it’s time to challenge those.
Jamison: With 3,000 people coming to Sioux Falls each year, they need a place to live.
Jamison introduces his family of realtors: “I’ve got a vested interest in the realtors in this city.”
Huether’s address lasted 20 minutes. Jamison takes the floor.
Huether responds that investments show how important the community is to him.
First question for Mayor Huether: How do personal land investments affect decision-making process as mayor?
Huether: “We’ve got folks building again … and guess what real estate community, we’ve got folks buying again.”
Huether: “You know how business was four years ago. We’ve instilled confidence … and we’ve got it going on right now.”
Huether calls indoor pool a major project for improving quality of life in Sioux Falls.
Huether: “At what point in time are we going to come together as a community and actually build an indoor (aquatic) facility?”
Huether: The environment was perfect for us to build this events center now.
Huether: Downtown rail yard land will be ripe for development.
Huether: Northwest Sioux Falls will be hot spot for construction. “If you don’t have a presence there, you better get one.”
Huether: Real estate community should be excited about Highway 100 partnership with the state.
Huether: Staying ahead of growth means investing in many different things, including roads.
The rally cry is changing, Huether says. Now it’s about workforce development.
Mayor Huether begins his talk with growth and development, highlighting job creation across all sectors.
Mayoral candidates will each get 10 minutes to address the crowd, then they will take questions. Talks should start about noon.
Sioux Falls – Jamison, on Monday will announce part III of his People (Monkey’s) First Initiative, which will release the (snow) monkeys at the Great Plains Zoo. Jamison’s plan will be allowing the monkeys to either find a place down by the Big Sioux River on their own, or they can couch surf as long as they like.
Jamison feels it is time to ‘Release the Monkeys’ and give them the freedoms their descendants have (no offense Manny Steele).
Of course, the Huether campaign was quick to respond. Huether said, “I have been planning the release of the snow monkeys for a couple of months, ever since I took them on an ice fishing trip out at my lake home on Diamond Lake. Heck, I would go even a step further, and let them stay at my lake home, of course, if they don’t throw any crap, because, you know, I don’t like CRAP.”
Jamison also said that Huether missed the 2nd and 3rd tier of this initiative, allowing squirrels to maintain several nests on different properties within the city limits.
Huether responded by saying, “I have been allowing the cottontails AND squirrels to do that for several years through an executive order, and you can bet a snowgate tour of the event center for affordable airfares on it that the squirrels and rabbits are happy about it, but the chickens, not so much.”
Stay tuned, Jamison plans to announce his ‘No crying at press conferences’ initiative next week. Don’t bring tissues to the press conference, just your big boy/girl pants.
I had an amazing some experiences on Friday. Seeing contrasting politicians.
First, at Democratic Forum, where Democratic governor candidate, Joe Lowe captivated the crowd. A man who is funny, intelligent, and passionate about people. At one point saying,
“Aren’t Democrats good people? Don’t we have morals? Don’t we do good things and want to do good things for PEOPLE!?”
I watched as a man who could barely contain himself (he is Irish) work a room like no other. Then after the gig, invited me to an adult beverage meeting in the future (I’m game).
Don’t know who this Susan Wismer is, but she better find her 4-Leaf clover, and quick.
Had a good chuckle last night as I was walking out of Lucky’s Pub to go next door to MESO. There is a sticker on Lucky’s door that says, ‘Jameson Whiskey’ and as I look over to MESO’s door, there is a ‘Jamison for Mayor’ sign.
Should have taken a picture, I guess.
I attended a silent auction for Greg Jamison. His mother is a very talented painter, and she offered her work. I will say this to my artist friends, while her stuff is not my ‘cup of tea’ she is actually very good, and reminiscent of Edward Hopper, but in a very colorful, DTSF kind of way.
Greg gave a great talk about Sioux Falls and his goals, and said there is a ‘Disconnect between City Hall and the People’ to which I applauded.
It amazes me more then anything about the diversity of ideas in this city and state. I remember listening to my grandpa Carl talk about politics as a child and was fascinated with the arguments he would have with the locals in the Scotland corner bar (though I did not understand) over stale pretzels and tomato beers. Can SD bring itself back to those roots? Can we debate issues as adults without talking about education, guns or abortion?
We are good people. We want to do good things. Does our armband really matter?
January 27th, 2014 — Gregg Jamison
Greg Jamison to Announce Part two of his People First Initiative
Sioux Falls SD – Greg Jamison a candidate for Sioux Falls Mayor will announce part two of his People First Initiative. Jamison’s initiative will continue to encompass many new innovative ideas that will ensure the Mayors’ focus is returned to serving the people of Sioux Falls.
The People First Initiative is Jamison’s vision for the future of Sioux Falls. Part Two of Jamison’s People First Initiative is to address a growing need in our community. Jamison goes on to explain, “We have a serious problem in public safety and it needs to be improved. Our Police department does a great job but we need to give them a higher priority and more resources. I want to put the focus of the Mayor’s office on creating a pro-active plan for crime prevention.”
The announcement will be held inside the Police Department Lobby at 320 West Fourth Street on Tuesday January 28, at 10 am. For more information – visit our Twitter, Facebook, or website at www.JamisonForMayor.com or call (605) 941-5444.
Sioux Falls SD – Greg Jamison a candidate for Sioux Falls Mayor will announce part one of his People First Initiative. Jamison’s initiative for Sioux Falls encompasses many new innovative ideas that will ensure the Mayors’ focus is returned to serving the people of Sioux Falls.
The People First Initiative is Jamison’s vision for the future of Sioux Falls. Jamison recognizes that there is a disconnect between the Mayor and the public. “Over the past few years there has been a lack of commitment to the people of Sioux Falls,” Says Jamison. “My People First Initiative is designed to send a signal to all Sioux Falls residents that they will come first.”
Part One of Jamison’s People First Initiative is to put more time back into people’s lives. Jamison goes on to explain, “I am very excited to announce part one of my People First Initiative. My vision will modernize Sioux Falls and keep it moving forward while improving the quality of life.”
The announcement will be held outside at the corner of 10th street and Dakota avenue on Monday January 13, at 10 am.
The big city news of the day is Jamison announcing a campaign manager;
Jamison Announces Campaign Manager
Sioux Falls, SD – Greg Jamison has announced today the hiring of his Campaign Manager.
Former SDGOP Regional Field Director and Secretary of State Election Coordinator, Garrett DeVries, has joined the Greg Jamison for Mayor Campaign as the campaign manager.
“Garrett DeVries is a welcome addition to this campaign,” said Jamison. “Garrett has a great history of being a work horse to win campaigns. His energy, organization, and proven experience will serve this campaign very well. I am excited to have him on the team.”
Garrett DeVries grew up on a family farm near Canistota and attended the University of South Dakota. He has been involved in campaigns from a very young age and has worked extensively with many campaigns across the state of South Dakota. In 2012, he served as the West River Regional Field Director for SDGOP specializing in grassroots campaigning and getting out the vote. With the Secretary of State, DeVries worked to increase access to voting utilizing Vote Centers and by improving the absentee process for military personal.
For more information – visit its website at www.JamisonForMayor.com or call (605) 215-5184.
The city council has also not met for several weeks, so they have a lot on their plates tomorrow;
During the informational we are going to have a ‘Top Ten’ list from Huether’s mouthpiece, Kendra Siemonsma, I guess it is so ‘awesome’ they can’t post it ahead of time on SIRE.
We will also get updated as to why Public Parking needs to charge $25 for an appeal, we gotta cover that Golden ‘P’ marketing budget somehow I guess.
Jim David also will inform us about the council’s legislative priorities, like a statewide texting ban (even though Sam Clemens from the SFPD KINDA admitted on ’100 Eyes’ that texting and driving and getting in an accident is already covered under ‘distracted’ driving) but Erpenbach won’t be happy until she restricts all naughty things in SF like speaking longer then 5 minutes on a topic at city council meetings. The council also wants to have the power to tax us for whatever and use that money to ‘benefit’ us. LOL!
At the Fiscal Committee meeting, financial director, Tracy Turbak will give us an update on Debt Management (that must be super-uber-secret because docs are not up on SIRE either, maybe they are heating up in the pre-SIRE warming bin before they can be released to the public.)
Item #1 on the city council meeting agenda, approval of contracts, has some interesting expenditures. Project #189064 has a charge for redesigning/engineering the existing pedestrian bridge by the Hilton, $19,150. Nice to see they are leaving the bridge, and I saw today they were putting new hand railing on it. I guess I need to get in the business of designing and engineering hand railing on an existing bridge, pays pretty good. I guess our own engineering department at the city couldn’t figure that one out on their own. Maybe we don’t have any engineers that work for the city that have hand railing experience?
My favorite though is the A/C unit for city hall’s computer room (I’m hoping this is a typo and they mean the A/C unit for the entire building) $145,834. At that price, they could recreate the ice age in the computer room. I do think though the A/C will be counter productive, as of right now we need to fire up SIRE fifteen minutes in advance to get it cooking enough for public meetings, and WE ARE USING THE OLD A/C SYSTEM!
And lastly, the IcePlex and TennisPlex agreements with the city.
Ice Facility; Iceplexagreement
Tennis Facility; tennisagreement
One of the more common questions I get lately as Sioux Falls’ official (or unofficial) bloggers is, “What is Jamison’s platform and agenda for mayor?”
That is a very good question.
While I can speculate on a lot of Greg’s intentions, like a more transparent government, and more controlled and stable economic and development growth, I really don’t know much about his plans as mayor.
I do know this, Greg probably learned a lot about how Huether runs a campaign. During his initial run for mayor he consistently was taking his opponents ideas and turning them into his. This is what sales people do, they really don’t have much pride when it comes to having original ideas, because all they care about in the end is closing the deal. And he was successful at that.
My guess is that Jamison is probably holding his best ideas in until it gets down to the nitty gritty. Is it a wise move? Not sure, but you do have to be careful about sharing your ideas with a salesman, because he will sell them before you have even had a chance to take out a patent.
As an incumbent, Mayor Meltdown also has the advantage of using city resources to campaign (Channel 16, local media press conferences, etc.) I liken it to an incumbent president using Air Force 1 as his personal campaign bus.
Will it be hard to beat Huether? Incredibly. Is it impossible? Not at all. But as Kenny Rogers sang,
You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em,
Know when to walk away and know when to run.
You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table.
There’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done.
Is Jamison’s campaign strategy a gamble? I guess we will find out.