Spearfish City elections are less than two weeks away and on this year's ballot, community members have to decide whether to keep the current mayor or elect a new one.
Wednesday evening, locals had a chance to hear where the candidates, incumbent Jerry Krambeck and his opponent Dana Boke, stand on various issues.
While the two agree on some things, like the idea of annexing certain areas, they do not see eye-to-eye on other community concerns like using city funds to prevent and fight the Pine Beetle infestation. Mayor Krambeck has dedicated thousands of dollars to the effort, and Boke believes it has been mismanaged.
Another issue raised: Spearfish tax dollars subsidizing the cost of keeping the recreation center open. "I'm very proud of what we did and I would like to only subsidize $100,000 but you know what, that's what your getting for paying taxes," Mayor Krambeck said.
"It takes awhile to develop revenues and to offset costs, but is there something we are missing out on," Boke responded.
Mayor Krambeck says his years of experience as mayor make him the better choice.
Boke believes her business experience and ability to work well with others will better serve the citizens of Spearfish.
Also on the April 9th ballot, Mitch Moe will take on incumbent city council member Paul Young.