Just one look around Mark Kirkeby's office and you'll see - he's passionate about a lot of things.
"I have an awful lot invested here."
His passions include: his hobbies, his current job as Development Director at the Black Hills Salvation Army, and serving as a lawmaker in Pierre.
"I've served with a couple hundred legislators, and I think you'd be hard pressed to find one of them that would discredit my character or credibility."
Character, credibility and experience are what Kirkeby hopes will give him the votes needed to become Rapid City's next mayor.
"It is the heart and soul of our community. It's all encompassing. It's a direct reflection on our character."
Rapid City's character is something that has taken a hit recently after perceived racists comments made by a city council member. And from Kirkeby's perspective, the lack of decision making from council leadership that followed.
"I'm not afraid to make a decision and I certainly will not be that individual that sits around and yells fire and points to somebody else with fault. You have to be a man and have broad shoulders."
"I think there is certainly a mark," said Mayor Sam Kooiker. "And I think the question is - are we able to move forward with a common purpose?"
Kooiker, who is seeking re-election for a second term, says the answer is yes. And, he hopes to continue the strides made toward open government.
Kirkeby says his first priority will be goal setting.
"An immediate revamping of our long term vision and goals for Rapid City. Where do we want to be in 5 years?"
In more immediate future, he has to collect the 50 valid signatures needed to officially become a candidate.
"I think I'm a pretty credible applicant for the community to consider."