Mayor TenHaken files his intent to run for 2nd term, but tells the media a different story

I found it a bit odd that Paul still hasn’t announced if he is running yet is sending out fundraiser emails;

A campaign email from “TenHaken for Mayor” was sent to supporters Monday although the Sioux Falls mayor has yet to announce his reelection bid.

In an email to supporters, TenHaken says “Sioux Falls is poised for great things” and asks for a contribution to help him “keep Sioux Falls moving ahead.” TenHaken has not announced his reelection bid and says any announcement is still months away in a statement to Dakota News Now.

“Formal decisions and announcements on reelection are still months away, but it’s also prudent to be looking ahead. My primary focus is leading the City and making sure we remain a vibrant and thriving community for the years ahead of us,” says TenHaken.

Here is a copy of the email;


I wanted to send a quick note to thank you for your past support and also, ask you to consider helping me in my efforts to keep Sioux Falls moving forward in the years ahead. 

Together, we have accomplished so much. Our economy is thriving, the quality of life amenities in our city continue to grow, we’ve weathered the challenges of flooding, tornadoes, community unrest, and the current pandemic. Sioux Falls is poised for great things, and I need your help again today so that we can continue to succeed.

Will you consider a contribution today to help me keep Sioux Falls moving ahead?*

We live in an incredible community and have much to be thankful for. I’m thankful everyday for the honor to serve as your mayor and I’m especially thankful for the support and prayers from friends like you. 



*Individuals/entities may contribute up to $1,000 per calendar year.

Paid for by:
TenHaken for Mayor
PO Box 961
Sioux Falls, SD 57101-0961

So while he is sending out fundraising emails, and filing yesterday his intent to run for a 2nd term he tells the media that his announcement is ‘months away’. Of course, he doesn’t become an actual candidate until he receives his first donations, but that may have already happened.

If you filed the legal documentation to run, and are raising money for that run, why wait several months to announce? Not sure what his mysterious strategy is but not surprising after seeing how he has ran this city on cruise control the past 2.5 years.


#1 D@ily Spin on 04.27.21 at 7:01 pm

I’m anticipating another candidate. It can’t be that hard to defeat him. His response to the pandemic has been disappointing. He looked at damage from the tornado but city assistance was inferior.

#2 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 04.27.21 at 8:01 pm

Chick-fil-A’s presence will be the final determinant. If a no show, he may chicken out. Else, he will announce on FB Live with Raquel and a big rubber chicken.

#3 anominous on 04.27.21 at 11:00 pm

I just want to remind everyone that the tornado sirens failed to sound during a tornado while this guy was in office.

#4 D@ily Spin on 04.28.21 at 9:54 am

With Strong Mayor Charter he’ll pocket donations and declare himself Chancellor. Oligarchy elections are ritual propaganda.

#5 D@ily Spin on 04.28.21 at 10:07 am

Sup with Chick-fil-A? They close on Sunday when we want chicken. Religious chicken is not my wishbone. More Fortune Cookies and Taco Tuesday!!!

#6 Very Stable Genius on 04.28.21 at 12:13 pm

But they worked in Taupeville.

#7 Steve on 04.28.21 at 2:54 pm

I’m sure the developers and TIF receivers are lining up to donate to his campaign so they can keep the favors coming. Meanwhile, the common citizens of Sioux Falls are still wondering if they will ever again see effective leadership.

#8 Mike Lee Zitterich on 04.29.21 at 10:14 am

So many people complain about Developers, but who do you think truly owns a vested interest in your city?

That is right – Land Owners (real property holders) those whom have held the land claim rights (land patents) whom have an vested interested in the state, let alone cities.

One must realize – that much of South Dakota is “territory” first established by the 1862 Homestead Act, let alone the land grants given to the Native Americans for land reserved to them.

The City of Sioux Falls was and always was a Homestead Township. On the east bank you had the Western Town Company out of Dubuque, Iowa. And on the west bank you had the Dakota Land Company out of St Paul.

Both companies purchased land claims, received their land patents under the 1862 Homestead Act signed by Abraham Lincoln.

Western Town Company is responsible for establishing many of the towns thru out Eastern South Dakota; while the Dakota Land Company were made up of Individuals whom held stock in the St Paul and Omaha Railroad Companies – connect the dots there….

If you all know the history of most towns and cities, they all can be traced back thru time to LAND OWNERSHIP, PROPERTY HOLDERS whom held land claims to 80 or 160 acres of land, then pooled their asserts to create local sub-divisions, townships, etc.

Even the Towns of Harrisburg and Tea are part of the Delapre Township first established in the 1890’s.

If you look around Sioux Falls – you see many sections or sub-divisions of territory such as Dawley Farms Sub-Division, Norton Acres, Split Rock Township, to land areas held by Sioux Falls Development Foundation (land owner), Ronning Development (land owner), Lloyd Companies (land owner), etc.

And finally…lets remember what happens if a CITY should ever dissolve itself, as the residence moves away, events are put in motion where the Assets are sold off, expenses, liabilities, and obligations are paid, and the “net profits” are split or proportioned back to the Land Owners or Real Property Holders and the land resorts back to its original Sub-Division or Township groups of people.

So if you really want the most and biggest voice in Sioux Falls – go out and seek to buy Land or Real Property, you then own a “vested” interest in the City.

Land Owners appoint or elect the President, the Governors, Mayors, U.S Senators; while they are the ones whom made the rules, established the common codes for the residency to live by, giving them the ability to “vote” and elect their common representatives such as Congressman, Legislators, City Councils.

If the “residents” have their representation thru those common councils, the Land Owners partake thru their representation of those Governors and Mayors in order to protect the “land area” from mob rule.

So as “you” vote to pass new laws, you first cannot pass that law without first contacting or gaining the support of the “Land Owner” himself whom is tasked to protect the vast territory itself. The “MOB” cannot just vote to raise a TAX without first asking the Land Owner whom then is vested, and needs to protect that growing interest in the territorial limits to maintain the residency itself.


#9 l3wis on 04.29.21 at 11:04 am

I don’t have a problem with developers at all, I think we need more so we can get a handle on our housing crisis. My issue is with all the tax incentives that they do not need and the rest of us paying for, it’s welfare and ludicrous. I well known developer was asked once why he asks for TIFs, and he said, “Because I can, and I’m never turned down.”

#10 Very Stable Genius on 04.29.21 at 9:35 pm

So far the developers’ answer to the housing crisis in this town is to construct affordable slab homes with no basements for a town that had three tornadoes in one night without sirens to warn. But I guess if there are no sirens, then there’s no need for a basement, right?

#11 The Guy From Guernsey on 04.30.21 at 7:51 am

The slab home (aka villa home) concept also nicely accomodates the fact that much of the land stock on which homes are built (especially in Taupeville) is comprised of land with a relatively high water table, portions of which were borderline acceptable to plant and harvest when it was farmland.

#12 Very Stable Genius on 04.30.21 at 2:41 pm

But I would think those in Taupeville would enjoy a basement indoor pool. 😉

Thanks for the info, TGfG.

To me, however, these “slab homes” are too close to each other and resemble a nicely manicured mobile home park.

#13 Further Fear & Loathing on 04.30.21 at 2:45 pm

Slab City is for the non-conforming. “Slab Homes” are for the conformists. “Slab” is what they all have in common, while one promotes community and the other is more self-centered, but still anguishes for acceptance within a community.

#14 The Guy From Guernsey on 04.30.21 at 11:16 pm

“… anguishes for acceptance …”
Great alliteration, but certainly overly melodramatic.
JFC, there is no crying in baseball and there is no anguish in Taupeville.

#15 Fearing the Fuhrer & More on 05.01.21 at 11:47 am

If you are a Twins fan, then there are no tears left. And this anguish I speak of is often erased by a false sense of security from especially owning a white SUV. Black will do, however.

#16 "Woodstock" on 05.01.21 at 11:52 am

“Say, did someone say something about some ‘Slavs’?”… “I used to have these two cousins who were part Slav and they were definitely ‘….two wild and crazy cousins’…”…..