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Candidates from all four competitive wards attended the forum.
Candidates from all four competitive wards attended the forum.
May 5, 2017

Rapid City Candidates Focus on Housing and Infrastructure

A Wednesday morning candidate forum focused on improving Rapid City's infrastructure and creating affordable housing. Candidates for the four competitive races were in attendance. Mayor Allender ran for re-election unopposed and Chad Lewis was the only candidate in Ward 3.

The Rapid City Journal reported on the responses the attending candidates gave. Although there was general agreement about promoting affordable housing, the method differed. One issue was the difference between non-profit and for-profit organizations developing the housing. John Roberts stated he felt with proper incentives, private developers could create housing for cheaper. Tony DeMaro suggested the city could make wider use of tax increment financing to promote development. Fixing up city streets is the major infrastructure goal for several candidates, with the city's capital improvement plan seen as more of a hindrance at this point.

The Black Hills Knowledge Network is hosting profiles for the candidates, with additional profiles updated as they are received. News stories for the election are linked in the online news archive.

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