Sioux Falls City Council Candidate Sarah Cole has never voted in a city or school election

I may not vote in city elections, but I make a mean cup of coffee.

The other opponent in the race isn’t much better, Bobbi Andera, she has only voted once.

Now, I am not sure how many primaries or generals either have voted in, this is just municipal and school board elections. But I’m curious how either one of these people think they can serve the city as elected official if they have never voted in a city election? Proves how much either one of them has been paying attention.

The one thing I have noticed about people who vote in local elections is they understand the issues, the ones that don’t, not so much.

Bruce Danielson compiled this data from several sources and compared to back data from other years.



5 comments ↓

#1 Very Stable Genius on 03.14.22 at 9:26 pm

I definitely was not impressed by Brekke’s opponents during a recent KELO piece. They are definitely from the toolbox, if you know what I mean.

Wasn’t it Andera in that KELO piece who kept reiterating the need to listen to citizens as an elected official? Well, maybe that’s why she’s been quite absent from past local elections because she didn’t have, or reach out to, other citizens to get her up to snuff on local issues and pending elections. Apparently, she needs others to tell her what to do. So, she would be perfect for the establishment here in town.

#2 Very Stable Genius on 03.14.22 at 9:33 pm

The overall average of the candidates is 53.37% as far as voting participation is concerned for local elections. Shouldn’t it be much higher for politicians who claim to care about local issues? It should be at least 85%. But then again, I’ve only missed one election (A 1981 school board election.) since 1979, when I turned 18, so my standards are quite high, but doable for all.

( and Woodstock adds: “Ya, but VSG, we all know you are a big political nerd, too”…. 😉 )

#3 Steve on 03.14.22 at 9:55 pm

Thanks for letting people know about this. It appears obvious that big money wants her elected to join the rubber stamp group.

#4 Emmett Reistroffer on 03.14.22 at 10:50 pm

For what it’s worth, I believe some voter registration data may be outdated – I believe I’ve voted in every city election when legally eligible to do so. I moved out of Sioux Falls from 2011-2013, and again from 2015-2020, so I believe I only voted in 3 city elections. While living elsewhere, I’ve always voted and don’t think I’ve ever missed an election. I also don’t vote partisan one way or the other and look for good people who support good government. I always sign every ballot petition circulated by citizens that come around, simply as a supporter of the democratic process and regardless is I support/oppose the ballot measure.

This is interesting data none the less and I think there should be a clear contrast between candidates understanding of the processes and issues. It should be every candidates responsibility to be ready to lead on day one if elected and that’s what I’m committed to.

#5 D@ily Spin on 03.16.22 at 9:45 am

Isn’t not voting in local elections a credit? She might recognize unofficial and rigged voting. I should think the best way to provoke change is more candidates such that there’s no final winner. It’s a start for ‘Defunding City Hall’ or ‘Closed Government Demonstrations’ in the form of pickets and petitions.