South DaCola City Election Endorsements

No candidate has asked me to endorse them . . . maybe there is a reason why, LOL.

As I have already mentioned, I think that voter turnout is going to be extremely low. This makes it hard to predict some of the races, so I will avoid that, because quite honestly, this is probably one of the most challenging elections I have ever seen.

Coming out of a pandemic and the cluster of the last city election being during a primary of uneducated city government voters and the factor of a popular incumbent mayor.


Mayor; David Zoikates. David was an easy choice, while I will admit that he can be a little quirky at times, several things standout; police reform and open government. Any candidate that will put transparency first will always get my vote. I also believe in his campaign promises. I recently told David that the issue I have with his two opponents is they are cut from the same cloth.

At-Large A; Janet Brekke. Not only is Janet the most qualified city councilor we have ever had, she is more qualified than any one in the entire pool of candidates, including the mayor’s race. Janet IS a consensus builder and she does it by asking the tough questions and promoting open government. I got to know Janet when she was running for office and assisted with her direct mail in her first race. Trust me, I don’t agree with Janet on numerous issues, but I also know Janet will listen to you and weigh your opinion in her decisions. She also has no one to impress, Janet has been involved in public service for decades, she has NO ulterior motives besides good government. I call her the Republican Pam Nelson.

At-Large B; Pam Cole. I had to be sold on Pam. But after reviewing her resume and experience, I think she is genuine in her intent, and I think we need more progressives on the council. I also don’t trust her opponent who comes across like our previous mayor with promises of inclusion that fall away on inauguration day.

SE District; Cody Ingle. I don’t personally know Mr. Ingle, but his stances on diversity, inclusion and equal rights stand out for me. He is also young, vibrant and progressive in his ideals. He is also a super nice guy. His opponent is a grand mystery. His opponent recently told a constituent that he only cares and represents his district and is not concerned about the rest of the city. Which means he is oblivious to his role as a councilor and extremely unqualified, kind of like the person he wants to replace.

Central District; Emmett Reistroffer. Where to begin? A candidate who is young and full of ideas. A deep understanding of policy and citizen advocacy. I dare any candidate running, even for mayor, to match up their resume to Emmett when it comes to public policy. While Emmett has a strong personality, he is also respectful of citizens opinions. In his work as a cannabis advocate he has proven that time and time again. He understands the people’s work, and knows how to get it done and work hard to implement policies that benefit this city as a whole. Emmett is the most well-rounded council candidate we have probably ever seen in the history of our city. It would be a disservice to NOT elect him.

I encourage everyone to vote, local government is the most important government. They determine most of the rules and laws you should follow, the majority of your taxation and the amount of government services you receive. It is the most important decision you will ever make effecting your life over the next 4 years.


#1 NTNLIQ on 04.07.22 at 2:28 pm

If David gets more than 12% of the vote, I’ll never post here again. You censor most of my posts anyway.

#2 l3wis on 04.07.22 at 2:46 pm

If it was a decent turnout, he wouldn’t get even close, but if it is a low voter turnout, you never know. As I mentioned, this is one of the hardest elections to predict I have ever seen.

#3 Warren Phear on 04.07.22 at 3:55 pm

I’ll say about 25,000 will vote. Even if tenhaken crushes it he will see no more than 20,000 votes. 20,000 out of more than 110,000 registered voters does not make him a popular mayor. ziterich might think he has a mandate, but these kind of numbers say otherwise. Some might call it voter apathy. I call it political alienation. Either way, nothing to be proud of.

#4 Very Stable Genius on 04.07.22 at 4:49 pm

I just got Pam Cole’s newest post card in the mail. I love it. The picture of Merkouris, BradyHaken, and our infamous AG all together is priceless.

( and Woodstock adds: “Say, maybe the Mayor’s toolbox could fix Jason’s red Taurus and the pastor could pray for it, or bless it, huh?”…. )

#5 "Woodstock" on 04.07.22 at 5:22 pm

“Back in ’12, the donut maker got 11% of the vote”… “I think David can get 12+%”…. “So, goodbye NTNLIQ, it’s been fun knowing you”….

#6 l3wis on 04.07.22 at 5:53 pm

I might know a little bit about that, LOL

#7 NTNLIQ on 04.07.22 at 6:08 pm

I think Taneeza may have had a pretty good shot, but with David getting all the protest votes, she doesn’t have much of a chance. David has zero.

#8 l3wis on 04.07.22 at 6:45 pm

Even if David wasn’t in the race, Paul still receives well over 60% of the vote in the General.

#9 Very Stable Genius on 04.07.22 at 8:15 pm

You never really know:

#10 Mike Lee Zitterich on 04.08.22 at 2:50 pm


I dont think so, I think Paul Ten Haken will win regardless. He will get the same % of Votes as he did in 2018. He will probally receive 52-55% which is about right. Because you have Taneeze and David both running, I believe they will split the 45% remaining of the votes. I see Paul gettign 52-55% while Taneeza gets 30% and David getting 15%. He will probally pull votes from Taneeza, but not Paul. With only two candidates, it would probally be a much closer race @ 53% to 47% but Paul still would have the “majority”.

#11 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 04.08.22 at 4:32 pm

Lower voter turn-out could be detrimental to BradyHaken, which means the low 60s, like he did against Jolene, but if as many people vote next Tuesday as they did in 2018 – which is highly unlikely – then BradyHaken will be “Mr. 73%” …. Because it’s utterly amazing how popular those chicken sandwiches really are ….

Now, let’s talk about the politics of tie wearing. I think wearing a tie for David has been a smart move. I was glad to see he has transformed over time from the tie-dye t-shirt and blazer to a business shirt, tie, and blazer. Apparently, the t-shirt has died and the tie has been born, huh?

Now, for the Mayor, wearing a tie has always looked manipulative to me. AND, has anyone measured his neck recently? His dress shirts have to much slack in the collar area, which makes his ties look like a loose rope at the dock.

Taneeza looks just fine. I am not going to go Mr. Blackwell on her. I like her stepping stool for the debate podium, too. It’s cute…. (… Imagine if David used such a stool… 🙁 )

But when it’s all said and done, we’ll get four more years of Brady-ism and something tells me there will be a few ties for sale at a rummage sale on Whitechurch Lane in the not too distant future …. ( I wonder how much he could get for that Big Mouth Billy Bass he has hanging from his garage wall as well?) ….

#12 NTLNIQ on 04.08.22 at 4:49 pm

David gets no where near that. Guaranteed.

#13 l3wis on 04.08.22 at 5:09 pm

The T-Shirt is back

#14 Further Fear & Loathing on 04.08.22 at 5:33 pm

If the “T-shirt” is back, then that’s his subconscious concession speech. So, his t-shirt lives-on, while his campaign has died (dyed?) in more ways than one.

They say cloths make the man. The Emperor with no cloths knows this best, (…. but, but, he’s going to be re-elected next week…. And how…??? ) …. All in all, this would be a good story for Naked News…. (‘Naked and Afraid’?)…..

#15 NTNLIQ on 04.12.22 at 9:14 pm

Well, looks like I was way off on 12%. Lol. I should’ve said 12 votes.

#16 Corn Dogger on 04.12.22 at 10:15 pm

The fact that every candidate Detroit endorsed got crushed tells you all you need to know about his politics.

#17 NTNLIQ on 04.12.22 at 11:17 pm

Dogger, it tells me two things. This blog is irrelevant, and the voting public of SF don’t think the way Scott thinks they should. Good for them.

#18 The Guy From Guernsey on 04.12.22 at 11:43 pm

VSG and the various aliases really deliver on the 73% chicken sandwich landslide.
Food delivery services should be so reliable.