There has been a story circulating in our local rag that Stehly lost the race because her supporters did not show up and she was mean to Neitzert.


First off, Stehly and Jensen both probably got more votes than any city councilor in the history of our city. Just because Theresa lost by 97 votes doesn’t mean her support wasn’t there.

As for Neitzert, she did the right thing by fighting him on all of his misguided votes on the administration building, the internal auditor and the Bunker Ramp and many more issues. If anything, her battles with him helped her.

I have said if the election was held on April 14th it would have been a landslide for her. Why? Because the normal percentage of voters who pay attention to city politics would have shown up and cast the appropriate informed vote. Covid threw a wrench in it. Not to mention the lackluster training of the poll workers, something virtually not brought up in the hit piece and the enormous amount of money from the banksters and developers spent on her opposing candidate.

This did not clearly happen. A bunch of uninformed, partisan, primary voters showed up to elect a ‘real’ establishment Republican to the city council, not having a clue that this was a non-partisan race. They may have been confused why there wasn’t an R or D behind their names. It was a perfect storm to get the partisan hack clems to show up to vote that think city government is about party politics. It is not, but this current administration and his lackeys have turned it into us against them.

Local government is about all of us. Republican, Democratic, Independent, minority, gay, straight, religious or non-religious and those of us who just don’t give a damn. Theresa lost because 98 more ignorant fools voted for the other guy. The math is really that simple.

21 Thoughts on “Stehly lost due to uninformed voters

  1. My Mistake Mike on June 27, 2020 at 6:22 pm said:

    “lackluster training of the poll workers”

    In other words, Big T (and by extension our community) just got Litz’d.

  2. D@ily Spin on June 27, 2020 at 7:37 pm said:

    There will be more Neitzert mistakes. Fortunately, it will be curbed because there’s hardly enough city budget to service bond debt. It’s troubling the council is now 6 fools and only 2 practical members. With nothing to spend, in expecting more silly ordinances. Fortunately city government is unconstitutional such that there’s rules but no enforcement.
    Merge with the county? They spend appropriately and balance their budget. I’d like to see common sense without ego and ridiculous projects.

  3. "Very Stable Genius" on June 27, 2020 at 8:29 pm said:

    I voted for Theresa in 2016 and 2020. She was my anti-establishment vote. She was my Trump vote, if you will.

    Theresa is a much better person than the Donald, but my Theresa votes where my Michael Moore “Fxxk You” votes against the establishment and similar to how Moore explained why many in Michigan were going to vote for Trump in 2016.

    But now, I agree, Theresa’s political career was a victim of COVID and let’s hope the Donald’s is, too. But such a reality will be the only thing that Theresa and Trump have in common.

    It’s just further proof that viruses don’t discriminate. It can get anybody. Wear a mask! But politically be yourself, like Theresa.

  4. Well… I’m giving Theresa a bit to recoup…. However do you realize she about I can work together and do more damage to this city council….along making contractors love up to what they propose… SHE IS SO MUCH BETTER AS ….. But any athlete would call a free agent……. Buckle up Ppl!!!

  5. The Guy From Guernsey on June 27, 2020 at 9:26 pm said:

    Her supporters didn’t show up?
    She garnered about 2.5x the total number of votes in this election compared to 2016.
    Didn’t read the article. No longer a subscriber.
    Were there any precincts in which she garnered fewer votes than in 2016?
    Acknowledging that she lost precincts which she won in 2016 … but did she tally fewer votes in those precincts?

  6. and I quote on June 28, 2020 at 7:00 am said:

    The loss of Theresa on the Council is going to be hard to bear for at least half the town. There will be many lazy voters who will complain in the near future about the lack a thinking going on in the local government. When I think about our current RS5 and soon to be RS6, this quote is appropriate: “The more we see of people like this the easier it is to understand how the United States achieved the worst outbreak of COVID-19 in the world. Too many selfish and ignorant people, aided and abetted by too many selfish and ignorant politicians, chief among them the idiot in the White House who decided it was his God-given right to politicize the wearing of masks.

  7. D@ily Spin on June 28, 2020 at 7:37 am said:

    It’s better that Theresa sits out for awhile. We need her for the COVID rebuild. It’s amazing how many votes she got without spending anything. Her opponent was supported with 6 figures. Embarrassing, don’t you think?

  8. Jrodgers on June 28, 2020 at 3:48 pm said:

    Echo, Echo, Echo…….

  9. Pundit on June 29, 2020 at 8:52 am said:

    Daily Spin: “It’s amazing how many votes she got without spending anything. Her opponent was supported with 6 figures. Embarrassing, don’t you think?” WELL SAID !

  10. Conservative Here on June 29, 2020 at 2:22 pm said:

    I believe on many of my posts before this election I thought she had a very very good chance of losing. I don’t think voters were uniformed per say I think enough folks had enough of the dramatics she brought. I had read various articles, posts on FB, etc and all the negative coverage she got due her approach. I said it before and I will say it again. She LOST the race, Alex did not win it as it was hers to lose.

    She lost due to her approach, missing facts on topics, and her personal attacks on many, including how she treated that young lady who got the Auditor job. When she treated that lady with such disrespect, regardless of if she was qualified for the job, she started to lose me a little on that and I am a supporter. I cannot for the life of me understand how we can blame the voter in this election. The blame lay squarely on TS shoulders. If you think about it Jensen did really nothing and I mean nothing. No positions on anything, he was just a warm body. If you look at it through that lense that should say all you need to know about how detrimental she was to her own reelection when people go “eeeh lets try this dude” instead of her. Usually the incumbent has the upper hand, name recognition, experience, etc. Respectfully I think blaming the voter is a cop out and trying to make excuses for her. Scott you commented several times having to “talk her off the proverbial ledge’ frequently. The average voter saw someone who seemed to always be at someones throat in some kind of tussle.

  11. l3wis on June 29, 2020 at 3:53 pm said:

    Nope. The math is there. Low voter turnout I. City elections are because these are the people who pay attention. Tie it in with a bunch partisans that don’t understand nonpartisan city government and you get a misinformed vote. I bet if you asked these 30kvoters to name all of city councilors and the number one issue in our city, you wouldn’t be able to get 20% that could do it

  12. Conservative here,
    For the record I advocated for your neighborhood as it faced the developer demise. My advocacy for homeowners cost me developer support. I’m OK with that. I also reached out to you, listened to your concerns/criticism and encouraged you to run for City Council. Easy to criticize…Get involved.

  13. "Woodstock" on June 29, 2020 at 4:46 pm said:

    “Is 5RS, Starr, Stehly, and Brekke good enough?”

  14. PrisonerOfConscience on June 29, 2020 at 6:28 pm said:

    In criminal law a lulling statement is a statement issued to distract from the real fraud being perpetrated with the intent of concealing or delaying recognition of the fraud. I think many people commenting on the reasons Theresa lost should learn that word and understand the risks of their actions.

  15. "Very Stable Genius" on June 29, 2020 at 9:17 pm said:

    What about an unlawful statement, where you brag on FB about taking down a load bearing wall without the proper permits, and those who are enabling to such a statement are the recent victors? Is that risky, or just an example of the risks some are willing to take at the expense of others?

  16. Mike Lee Zitterich on June 30, 2020 at 12:51 am said:

    I am attempting to form a Delegation of “Concerned Citizens” to create a 20 Person Committee. That is 1 Person “per” Precinct. I have 2 people signed up so far, and I am looking for more. Why 1 person per precinct, cause That constitutes a “Quorum” and my Plan is to host what I am defining as “Independent Statesmen Town Halls”. I gaining support for my stance on Creating “Smaller Districts”, thus removing the At-Large Districts and going with all SMALL DISTRICTS, while reforming the council to be a “ODD NUMBER” body capable of breaking ties without the Mayor. My plan is to create this “committee” of 1 Person per Precinct in order to host MONTHLY TOWN HALLS, and of which each member of the committee then can go back to their precinct to meet with individuals within those precincts. When you create a “QUORUM” you gain power, and when you gain power, the government msut listen, and if they do not – well, “WE THE PEOPLE” are well organized to do petitions in order to change our laws, policy, and government itself. My goal is to include the City Council in this endeavor, not to exclude them, ‘we’ all must work together, but if we are organized we can force change.

    Please Call Mike Zitterich @ (605) 376-0527 or email him at if you wish to participate in my plan to inform, educate, and get people “involved”.

    WE THE PEOPLE are stronger when we act as one, and together we can make a difference.

    Thank You,
    Mike Zitterich
    “We The People of Sioux Falls” Facebook Page.

  17. rufusx on June 30, 2020 at 6:24 am said:

    “Easy to criticize…” Exactly. BTW – being critical (almost the entire content of this blog) is NOT = participating.

  18. The Guy From Guernsey on June 30, 2020 at 7:15 am said:

    Counsel (or is it consigliere?), please bring the court directly to the point.
    What IS the real fraud?
    And I’d like to hear more about those risks of which you speak.

  19. So glad Alex won!!!

  20. Loser jay Loser on June 30, 2020 at 2:57 pm said:

    So your saying her voters were too stupid to vote correctly. What a marvelous political adviser you are!

  21. SouthernExposure on June 30, 2020 at 8:45 pm said:

    The ROI for supporting vote is confirmation of economic prudence. And TS should have spent just a bit more.

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