Council Candidate Bonita Schwan


Bonita is the first candidate to submit her nominating petitions. All 101 signatures were valid.

Schwan and Erpenbach also don’t have any challengers, but if Michelle keeps up her recruitment (She recruited Rice, or as he said in the Sunday paper “My wife is friends with Michelle.”) Bonita may see someone.




#1 Scott on 02.03.14 at 7:56 pm

Is she single? 🙂

#2 Lewis on 02.03.14 at 9:01 pm

I am pleading the 5th.

#3 Poly43 on 02.03.14 at 9:13 pm

Remind me again, who is Rice, Erps mule, running against?

#4 Karma on 02.04.14 at 8:41 am

It is great to see new people wanting to get involved!

#5 anominous on 02.04.14 at 12:15 pm

Who would want to challenge that resume?

#6 cr on 02.04.14 at 2:18 pm

She will NOT be a rubber stamp for the Administration.

She will make a fantastic City Councilor.

#7 Titleist on 02.04.14 at 6:56 pm

Proudly catering to the concerns of the 1%.

#8 anonymous2 on 02.04.14 at 9:18 pm

Comment # 1 (Scott) : Get a life.

#9 Testor15 on 02.04.14 at 9:21 pm

Titleist, it will be interesting to see Bonita take on the establishment with actual facts and knowledge. Until seen in action Bonita will be underestimated.

#10 Lewis on 02.04.14 at 9:33 pm

Testor is right, she is very under-estimated. She is quick, funny and smart. Plus her resume on municipal finances are astounding.

If anyone challenges her, they must have a fail-wish.

#11 rufusx on 02.04.14 at 10:23 pm

Yeah – just your average everyday work-a-day neighbor – not one of the “specials” right testor? Sure.

You think she’s “on your team”? Fools.

#12 rufusx on 02.04.14 at 10:26 pm

Oh, and how can you overlook the fact that her resume SCREAMS “I am the establishment”?

#13 Scott on 02.04.14 at 10:58 pm

Wow, anon2, that’s a bit harsh.

#14 Testor15 on 02.05.14 at 7:57 am

Ruf, somehow you just don’t get it. This isn’t an election to exclude, it is an election to include. If people are willing to run for an office in an open manner and have the morals to keep their promises they should be heard. If the voters accept them after a free and open discussion of issues, then I wish them good luck.

When all things appear to be equal, some people running for office and are defeated. The defeats could be due to trust. We the voters decided we just could not trust you to do what you said you’d do. Maybe your history of past public office visibility proved your arrogance or contempt to public needs or wants.

Possibly the other side had more money, but as the Presidential race has proven in the last two cycles, money is not always the answer. Candidate loses can happen just because the voters just did not trust you.

If Bonita is a Sioux Falls ‘special’ person, than the mayor’s office and Lloyd would have tried to work with her. They didn’t. Bonita and her neighborhood have shown they are the real deal.

#15 OldSlewFoot on 02.05.14 at 8:52 am

Quoting “Possibly the other side had more money, but as the Presidential race has proven in the last two cycles, money is not always the answer.”

Isn’t that the truth. Candidate Obama outspent his opponents in both Presidential races and look what we got for it. “Another day older and deeper in debt”

#16 rufusx on 02.05.14 at 12:52 pm

Oh come on now Slewfoot- you KNOW no Black man could ever possibly have more money to a white Wall street elite!!! What are you THINKING? Where have your knee-jerk prejudices and biases gone? What’s the matter – aren’t you one of “US” anymore?

#17 rufusx on 02.05.14 at 12:54 pm

You guys are hilarious. This is the SAME phenomena that has all the repubs voting for K. Noem.

#18 Detroit Lewis on 02.05.14 at 1:13 pm

Pretty hard on a candidate that doesn’t have a competitor, and she is NOT even an incumbent, like Erpenbach.

#19 pathloss on 02.05.14 at 2:28 pm

Wow. Qualifications are more than there. After one or more terms she could be a good mayor if not governor.

#20 Dan Daily on 02.05.14 at 3:05 pm

Is she divorced? Is this dacola or

I went to Univ. of TX. I was US Army. Two daughters. One is public service in Guatamala. Other is professor at Baylor.

Keep me away from her. I don’t need another wealthy ex-wife.

#21 Dan Daily on 02.05.14 at 3:08 pm

Seriously, It’s time for female eminence in this state. Men really suck at running government.

#22 Craig on 02.05.14 at 4:37 pm

If we are honest, Bonita is probably an excellent choice for her district because she is reflective of those in the area (minus the unemployed by choice part).

I won’t be surprised at all if she doesn’t get a single challenger, and I won’t be surprised if the only time she bucks the majority on the council is when it has something to do with her neighborhood. Don’t think for a second she would be running if it wasn’t for this entire SON issue – if you think otherwise you’re a fool.

Just be prepared if she does get elected she may vote the opposite of what many of you would prefer. Rufus is right – her resume screams establishment up and down (not to mention perhaps a bit of embellishment), and I sincerely doubt she will be bucking the trend on TIFs, funding for public transit, zoning (aside from development on 85th and Minn), code enforcement, or on any other issues many of you see to care about.

Let’s wait and see – and if you want to bookmark this page for when I’m proven wrong, I’ll gladly issue an apology and admit it.

#23 Nature Lover on 02.05.14 at 4:38 pm

There is one terrific thing this administration has accomplished. The usually agreeable, passive public has awakened. Opinions are strong. People are rising up in revolt to the actions of the current administration led by a potty-mouthed bully of a mayor, and rubber stamp councilors. Bonita will do an excellent job of listening to the people and making decisions for the good of all citizens without a rubber stamp in her hand. She has my full support!

#24 LJL on 02.05.14 at 7:42 pm

HOLD IT. I’m the conservative therefore I am suppose to be the one making the chauvinist pig comments.

It’s gunna be interesting watching MMM attempt to plow under Bonita’s vote.

Just one side thought: what will having her on the ticket do to the S. Walmart vote?

I think she hurts their chances. Middle city folks will see her candidacy as an attempt to stack the deck against them.

#25 rufusx on 02.06.14 at 10:34 am

Craig’s got it right – she’s running because she’s interested in protecting her own back yard – included in that back yard is a POV that is clearly displayed in her resume. Traditional establishment “I-know-better-than-the-average-bear” insider elitism. And DL is also right; probably no challenger will step forward and she will therefore represent the 50 signers of her petition. Good luck.

#26 rufusx on 02.06.14 at 10:35 am

LJL – hasn’t got anything to do with male chauvinism. It’s about “class”.

#27 Poly43 on 02.06.14 at 4:06 pm

It’s about “class”.

You might just be wrong. My gut tells me she is going to represent not just her district but everyone who lives in SF. We shall see, cuz she’s a lock.