The city council races are starting to come together, but there are still some unknowns and variables.
Currently the Central District hasÂ three running in the race. I won’t rule out that more could get in that race, but probably unlikely.
Retired Firefighter and Insurance Salesman, Curt Soehl. I don’t know a whole lot about Curt, but what I have read on his FB page is that he was very pro-Huether and approved of his accomplishments and leadership style, which is unfortunate.
Thor Bardon. I believe Thor works in banking. Thor’s platform is workforce development and other social issues in our community.
Local art promoter and business owner, Zach DeBoer. Zach is heavily involved with the downtown culture and development.
At-Large has 3 candidates, but that could change.
John Paulson, former Sanford Executive and Planning Commission member who lost to Theresa Stehly in the last election will probably run the same ‘everything is wonderful and great in Sioux Falls’ campaign.
Janet Brekke, who is a former city attorney and currently a private attorney is challenging Paulson. I don’t know a lot about Janet, but I think we will learn more in the coming weeks since she has formerly announced.
Clara Hart has said she will run in the At-Large, but she could just as easily challenge Rick Kiley to get out of a crowded At-Large race (which may get more crowded). Clara lives in his SE district and may have a better chance in a two person race, and avoid a run-off.
As I said, Kiley has announced he will run for a 2nd term and has no challengers currently, I hope that changes.
Erickson hasn’t announced whether she is running for a 2nd term or not, she has said she will probably NOT run for mayor. But currently if Erickson did announce, she doesn’t have a challenger. I’m wondering if someone is waiting in the wings until Erickson announces. One of the bigger questions I have been asked over the past couple of weeks has been, “Will Erickson run for a 2nd term to begin with or is she busy trying to recruit someone to run for the seat?”
As you can see, we have aboutÂ 5-1/2Â months until the city election and the council races are still shaping up. Anything could change at this point.