Democracy in Action hosted an introductory forum for candidates for the 2019 Rapid City Council and Mayoral Election Monday evening at Southwest Middle School, reports KOTA Territory News. Five candidates from city wards 1, 2, and 3, as well as both mayoral candidates, attended the forum.
All candidates were given the opportunity to answer questions from Democracy in Action, as well as questions from the community members present. Topics included affordable housing, diversity, and infrastructure.
The Rapid City Chamber of Commerce, along with A-Team Black Hills, and Homeslice Media Group will host a candidate meet and greet and forum Thursday, May 16th at Western Dakota Technical Institute. The evening will begin with a social at 5:30pm, followed by the city council candidate forum at 6pm and the mayoral forum at 7pm.
Learn more about who’s running for mayor and city council below:
Incumbent Steve Allender will face challenger Natalie Stites Means in the voting booth in June. The winner of this mayoral race will be the first to serve a four-year term.
Incumbent Lisa Modrick faces challenger Terra Houska. Ward 1 Alderwoman Becky Drury has one year remaining in her current term.
Bill Evans and Ramona Herrington vie for the seat left open by Councilman Steve Laurenti, who chose not to seek another term. Ward 2 Alderman Ritchie Nordstrom has one year remaining in his current term
Jeff Bailie, Brittany Richman, Stephanie A. Savoy, and Greg G. Strommen are competing for the seat left open by Councilman Jason Salamun, who chose not to seek another term. Ward 3 Alderman Chad Lewis has one year remaining in his current term.
Incumbent Amanda Scott is seeking another term as Ward 4 Alderman. She is challenged by Tim Johnson and Lance L. Lehman. Ward 4 Alderman John Roberts has one year remaining in his current term.
Incumbent Darla Drew will face challenger Cante Heart in this June 4th Election. Ward 5 Alderwoman Laura Armstrong has one year remaining in her current term.
Voter registration for this municipal election ends May 20th. Early voting opens May 20th and election day is June 4th.
In Wards 3 and 4, the top vote-getter in the June 4 municipal election must receive 50 percent plus one vote, otherwise the top two choices will compete in a run-off election Tuesday, June 25.
Find more information on South Dakota and local elections at the Black Hills Knowledge Network’s Government and Citizenship issue hub.