UPDATE: Who is running for Sioux Falls Mayor or City Council in 2022?

UPDATE: I got some more names thrown in the bucket. Matt Paulson has confirmed with me that at this time he is NOT planning on running for council. I have also heard from others that Joe Kippley, senior director of strategic partnerships at Sanford Imagenetics is interested in running for SE District that will be left open by Rick Kiley. I have also heard that Julian Julian Beaudion is interested in running for an At-Large position. Keep the updates coming!

Believe it or not, another city council and mayoral election is only a year from this April. I expect challengers to TenHaken to make an announcement this summer and council candidates in the Fall.

So who is done and who will run for those seats? I’m not sure, but have heard some speculation and rumors.

TenHanken’s 1st term ends in 2022. I am still not convinced he is running again, but I do expect some others to run whether he chooses to or not. Christine Erickson, Mike Huether, Greg Jamison and David Zoikates (He has already announced). While Paul hasn’t been real popular with me, he does have a good popularity rating with voters and if he chose to seek a second term he would be hard to beat.

At-Large, Janet Brekke. My guess is that Janet will run for a 2nd term, but she has plenty of time to decide.

At-Large Christine Erickson. Her 2nd term is up, and like I said, I think she may run for Mayor.

So who would run for those seats? I am not sure. Some names that has been thrown around is immigrant activist Taneeza Islam or Investor Matt Paulson.  But I think there are many candidates that want to run, like Zach DeBoer and Handsome Tom Hurlbert, but they may go after the low hanging fruit and challenge Curt Soehl in Central District who is also up in 2022. I’m not sure if Curt will seek a 2nd term, he doesn’t seem to like the job very much, he’s usually grumpy, sarcastic or both at the meetings.

In the Southeast, Ricky Lee Kiley’s 2nd term is up in 2022, but I can’t hardly speculate who would want to run in the Taupeville district. I’m sure it will be some dull moderate Republican.

I would like to see some changes, for instance in the At-Large, since two seats are up, they should just give the two seats to the two highest vote getters instead splitting up the races.

Tell me your thoughts on who you like to see run or changes to the election like ranked choice voting which would eliminate run-offs.


#1 The Guy From Guernsey on 01.18.21 at 7:09 pm

“… I can’t hardly speculate who would want to run in the Taupeville district. I’m sure it will be some dull moderate Republican.”

So, a Democrat who registers as ‘R’ for the benefit of gaining membership to the social club which is republicanism in Sioux Falls.

#2 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 01.18.21 at 7:43 pm

“dull moderate Republican”? Is that one, who doesn’t carry? Heels versus Thunehaken? That could bring “On the Road” back home again. And given Covid and insurrection, are zombies still in vogue?

#3 "Woodstock" on 01.19.21 at 1:06 am

“In my next life, I hope to be a ‘dull moderate Republican'”…. “I plan to pattern my life after Jerry Ford, except with a sporty plaid jacket and luggage tan wingtips that have those big white cushy soles”… “If only they still made the four door Crown Victoria, however”….

#4 Mike Lee Zitterich on 01.19.21 at 1:12 am

I am thinking of running in 2022 – City COuncil Seat … More to come . – Mike Zitterich

#5 Angry Guy on 01.19.21 at 7:48 am

Absolutely Mike should run for public office. Give this guy a MICROPHONE and a chance to answer public input in real time. Sounds like a hoot.
I’m for it!

#6 D@ily Spin on 01.19.21 at 1:46 pm

Huether will be running for Yankton Mayor. He’s now behind an indoor swimming thing there. Yankton has budget and a AAA bond rating. Ripe for a Huether assault. This is not hearsay. Per a source it’s happening. I wish Yankton could be warned but citizens there are clueless. I’d like to see Brekke stay. I doubt Stehly will run. Erickson has played out. A woman mayor would be nice. The future (post Trumpian perspective) should be honesty and patriotism more women than men are known for.

#7 D@ily Spin on 01.19.21 at 1:54 pm

How about Jennifer Anniston for symbolic mayor. The council can approve liquor licenses without a mayor. It’s the only responsibility left while we’re doing bond payments on Huether play palaces and empty 6 story garages. She wouldn’t have to come to the summer hot dog picnic. However, a Zoom appearance a few times would be nice.

#8 Reliable Voter on 01.19.21 at 9:19 pm

“After you saw what happened with the last election, I think it certainly was a wakeup call for all of America,” Huether said. “For those folks who haven’t woken up yet, I think it’s time.”

During the press conference, Huether would not say whether he voted for Republican President-elect Donald Trump, but he did compare his own business-centric approach to running City Hall with Trump’s methodology.


#9 "Very Stable Genius" on 01.20.21 at 1:13 am


I thought it was appropriate that Trump is leaving in the same month that Mike’s show ended.