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VOTE DeBoer & Loetscher TODAY!

Absentee voting started today at the Minnehaha County Administration building during regular business hours. Get out and vote early. If you live in the central district, vote for Zach DeBoer for city council and the obvious choice for Mayor is Loetscher, someone who will bring transparency, honesty and integrity back to city hall.

“You may say it’s negative, but I call it the truth.” Loetscher

I just about fell out of my office chair when I heard Jolene say this today to TenHaken at the DT Rotary debate at noon.

It is something I bring up ALL THE TIME on this blog. Being truthful is the OPPOSITE of negativity. Honesty means you have integrity. Loetscher showed that integrity today.

The incident occurred towards the end of the debate when the two candidates were allowed to ask each other questions. Jolene looked straight at Paul and asked him why he continues to spread the lie that the PD is not interested in precincts. She informed Paul that she had a very long discussion about the lack of space at the law enforcement center with McManus and Burns and researched the idea before going public with it. She also accused him of fear mongering by claiming Jo’s plan would have jail cells at the precincts (not a part of the plan). TenHaken got very nervous, waived his hands around than complained he was questioned by DCI because Loetscher filed a criminal complaint on Friday over her website and campaign bank accounts being hacked. He never responded to her question.

Actually Paul went into a diatribe about how he vowed to never go ‘negative’ in his campaign. That is when Loetscher made the above comment. She has never accused Paul of the hacking, though it makes you wonder if he knows who is behind it. My guess is that it is someone in the nefarious Republican hack job underbelly of the SD GOP working alone to destroy her campaign. They have so many weasels it would be hard to dig one of them up.

But what was more revealing during the exchange was when Paul said, “I have dirt on all seven of the mayoral candidates, but I’m not going to go there, it’s not my style.”

Then why do you have this ‘dirt’?

As I have told people in the past, I get tons of tips about the candidates running for office, and I have been very impressed that I have not heard ONE negative thing about Jo, except the fact that she is a strong outspoken woman, and IMO that is an asset. All we have to look towards is other local female politicians with strong personalities that have done superb jobs like Loila Hunking, Anne Hajek, Pam Nelson, Karen Soli, Theresa Stehly and soon to be councilor Janet Brekke. We expect this from a leader, and today Jolene showed just what kind of leader she would be. Bravo.

I was disappointed in moderator Jack Marsh after the exchange for warning the candidates to keep it civil moving forward with more questions. Really Jack? Does the ‘truth’ make you uncomfortable also?

Who is Councilor Theresa Stehly going to vote for?

Trust me, if I had the answer to that question, I would let you know. I do know at this point she is undecided, and she has told me so. But I do think she is leaning towards one of them.

She has said she has had several wonderful private conversations with both. Mostly to lay out what her agenda will be on the council over the next two years. I think that is a good approach.

She told me she has to work with either and it would be unfair to endorse or even tell people who she is voting for, and I agree.

But let’s look at reality here folks, doesn’t matter if it is Jo or Paul, the council is the policy making board of the city, and you are going to see that happening. I think councilors Neitzert, Erickson, Starr, Stehly and Brekke would be the first to tell you they are going to take that bull by the horns come May 16. And if DeBoer wins (GO ZACH!) you will see another added to that team. It could become a very lonely place for Kiley and Selberg no matter who is sitting at city hall.

I think you will see one of the strongest councils since the new charter was formed. Be for warned, when you combine a strong legislative body with more open government, things are going to seem very messy for awhile, but this is what government is supposed to look like when it is out in the sunshine and not behind closed doors. I think all of the sausage making will be beneficial to the citizens in the end.

I sat down for 45 minutes yesterday with mayoral candidate TenHaken, we discussed many things like public input, public funding of the arts and the Pavilion, satire in politics and forensic audits and budgeting. I told Paul that it will be essential for the next mayor and council to put on the brakes in 2018 and start from scratch. Really take an in depth look at our finances before moving forward with any new fees, taxes or monument projects like baseball stadiums. I told him that I don’t think the citizenry will hold it against the mayor or the council for taking this year for a gut check, I think most would praise them for it.

I look forward to 2018 no matter who becomes mayor. And when there is missteps, I will make sure they are held accountable.

TenHaken will not be attending Diversity Forum on Sunday

Paul says his faith prevents him from attending;

Paul TenHaken This event was promoted before I had the opportunity to accept and my schedule does not allow for me to be there. The mayor’s office is a 24/7 job, but Sunday’s are for faith and family and not campaigning. I have had a chance to meet many of you over these past few months and I look forward to talking with all of you in the near future.

While I won’t defend Paul’s excuse, because I do not attend religious ceremonies on Sunday, I have a feeling he knew the piling on would occur. All the better for Loetscher I guess.

I agree with Belfrage, endorsements don’t matter, they may even hurt

Maybe on a National level, but in local politics, I don’t know. Sometimes I wonder if certain endorsements might hurt you if someone has already made up their mind to vote for you and see someone they don’t like politically endorse you.

For instance let’s look at both candidates;


 • Family Heritage Alliance, an organization known for it’s ultra conservative right-wing partisan stances. They opposed gay marriage and gay rights and host of other freedom issues that are unconstitutional. I heard Loetscher didn’t even bother responding to them. If that is true, good for her.

• Greg Jamison, while this certainly doesn’t hurt, he did come in 4th place, and Paul could garner his votes, the same could be said about the Anderson endorsement of Loetscher.

• Dave Munson, Not sure how much this helps either. Munson started the downward spiral of transparency at City Hall and Huether perfected it. Dave actually got in trouble for signing a 100% cost overrun on Phillips to the Falls without Council approval. He almost didn’t run for a 2nd term because of it.


• Rick Knobe, not sure a mayor from 34 years ago has much weight, but it certainly won’t hurt her.

• Andy Howes, a one-term city councilor that most voters probably don’t remember, but props to Andy for promoting some great rock shows in town 🙂

• Pat Starr, no doubt Pat has been doing a great job on the city council. He spearheaded the Glory House land deal and has held firm on many issues on the council when it comes to transparency. While I don’t think his endorsement hurts or helps Jo, it could hurt his relationship with a new mayor, especially if they are NOT Jolene. Hey Pat, I guess were in the same boat on that one 🙂

• Michelle Erpenbach, while I believe Jo when she says she will improve transparency in city hall, this is the LAST person you want endorsing you when it comes to transparency. Michelle supported the secretive operations committee and assisted in terminating Debra Owen, which was a violation of Open Meetings Laws.

As Belfrage points out, and as I do, not sure if the endorsement game is really that big of a deal.

KSFY’s ‘Unscientific’ Poll has Loetscher & TenHaken neck and neck

KSFY is conducting another FLUFF poll.

The Endorsement Race has begun

Hey, Detroit Lewis, smartass city blogger is missing from the list. I’m hurt 🙂

A group of current and former Sioux Falls elected officials came together today to endorse Jolene Loetscher for Sioux Falls Mayor:

Rick Knobe, Mayor, 1974-84
Kenny Anderson Jr., City Councilor, 2008-16
Pat Starr, City Councilor, 2016 to present
Casey Murschel, City Councilor, 1995-99
Vernon Brown, City Councilor, 2004-12
Andy Howes, City Councilor, 2002-06
Kevin Kavanaugh, City Councilor, 2000-08
Michelle Erpenbach, City Councilor, 2010-18

Sioux Falls needs a mayor who knows how to bring people together. Who knows how to build real consensus. Who inspires trust in her colleagues on the City Council and among her constituents.

Real change—and effective leadership—never begins with the word ‘I.’ It begins with ‘we.’ It’s not always easy, but it is always, absolutely essential.

As we enter the final days of this incredibly important mayoral race, we are overjoyed and humbled to have the support of these leaders.

UPDATE: Minnehaha County Republicans already trying to smear Loetscher’s business experience

The MCR sent this email out this afternoon;


There are stark differences between the two candidates seeking the Sioux Falls mayor’s office in the May 1 election. One is seeking a liberal social and anti-business agenda for the community and has the support of major Democrat players, and the other is Paul TenHaken.

I would agree, there is STARK differences. But Loetscher is anything but anti-business, and certainly NOT a socialist. The statement in itself if almost laughable. Anybody who had 8 jobs to work themselves through college, graduating TOP of her class is hardly a socialist, if anything that is the true definition of someone who supports free enterprise.

Paul needs your help.

I’m sure he does, because while Loetscher can easily get moderate and even conservative Republicans to vote for her, Paul will never win over people with a social conscience.

National liberal special interest groups are sending money and campaign staff to Sioux Falls to elect Paul’s opponent,

First I heard the ‘Liberals’ are sending in the ‘Army’. The one thing I have admired about Loetscher’s campaign is that it has pretty much been grassroots. I don’t really see a change in that strategy. But this line really cracked me up, because it is one thing to knock your opponent, but to flat out steal what they stand for? Really?

so it’s time all of us step up and help elect a leader with an executive leadership background, pro-business platform and transparent leadership style.

Loetscher has ran three companies. And still does, instead of hiding behind some secret contract for deed or lease agreement. A dog waste cleanup company, a bio-genetics company that tests animals for disease and a video marketing company that has clients like Coca-Cola and John Thune, and was put in charge of multi-million dollar budgets with her clients.

As for transparency, besides Greg Jamison, Loetscher was the ONLY candidate to come out on day one about transparency in government. When a Republican hack like TenHaken tells you they are for transparency in government all you have to do is ask him about tracking down twitter trolls or being involved with hiding state government workers websites that are a direct conflict of interest. Paul talks about transparency on the campaign trail, not when in office. While Loetscher talks about taking the door office of the mayor’s office, I can guarantee Paul will add more.

Over the next two weeks, your help knocking on doors and calling voters is Sioux Falls will be crucial to helping elect Paul.

Minnehaha Republicans

I will agree with one thing, Paul is going to need all the help he can get once people see through the smokescreen.

UPDATE: I guess a boilerplate email is going around, the Minnehaha/Lincoln County Republican Women are getting in the game now (Entire Email: WRep)

While most of it is very similar to the above email (just more rambling, typos and questionable grammar) this part stood out;

an optimistic and realistic agenda, a determination to assist our law enforcement officers  in making our city safer and more law abiding,

Between the two candidates only one of them has gotten legislation passed that protects victims of abuse and helps to train officers to recognize the signs of abuse. That person isn’t Paul.

We have had enough years of liberal progressivism, with Mayor Huether.

LMAO! The liberal progressive, Mike Huether?! Let me catch my breath for a moment. First off, Mike was handing out the cookies, but not to a bunch of lazy socialists, he was giving the farm away to wealthy developers and contractors any chance he could while letting the social issues in this town like crime, workforce development, affordable housing and diversity go in the crapper. This is what Corporate Welfare Republicans do, I’m surprised the GOP hasn’t welcomed the guy yet. He has made a lot of well known Republicans in Sioux Falls very rich.

As for transparency, that is neither a liberal or conservative talking point. Both sides support or should support open government. Neither side has the edge on that topic, even though I will say again, that Jamison and Loetscher were the only two to start talking about it in the beginning.

Kenny Anderson Jr. Endorses Loetscher


I was at Dem Forum today when Kenny endorsed Jo. Sorry we didn’t Livestream the event, I guess it was a record attendance;

Today, Loetscher received the endorsement from one of the other candidates. Kenny Anderson Jr. announced his support for Loetscher at the VFW in Sioux Falls.

“It’s just an incredible moment for us to know that Kenny has served this city so tremendously, and his whole family has. And for him to say that he stands behind our vision and our belief, really means a lot to us,” says Loetscher.

Anderson says he could have sat back and watched the runoff play out, but he says the decision to endorse Loetscher was easy for him.

“I feel that Jolene will have that open ear, to all people of our city, not just one segment, and that was a real deciding factor for me,” says Anderson.

Thank you for running Kenny and thank you for your service.

Jolene Loetscher on Lalley Show, REPLAY

Jolene talks about her differences with Paul. LISTEN HERE. (FF: 32:00)