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Spearfish voters elect new mayor

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Voters in Spearfish unseated their mayor after more than a decade of service.

Dana Boke bested Jerry Krambeck by 109 votes and is the city of Spearfish's new mayor.

"I spoke to a lot of people and I was hearing what people were saying, that it was time for a change. So I decided to throw my hat in the ring," said Dana Boke, the newly elected Mayor of Spearfish.

Dana Boke says after all the hard work campaigning, she can't wait to get started.

"I'm very excited and I'm ready to dig in," said Boke

Dig in by opening the lines of communication.

"The concern I heard over and over again was the communication style, and how people didn't feel represented. That's what I want to focus on fixing; that's my main point," said Boke.

Collaborating with the public  to establish a clear direction for Spearfish on some hot topics.

One topic that divided her and Mayor Krambeck: how to fight the pine beetle infestation.

"I believe that we need to continue to consult with the experts to get the best plan to fight it. I'm not against funding it at all; I just want to be very careful where our dollars are going," said Boke

Another change in spending, Boke wants to re-evaluate how the Recreation Center is funded and run.

"We need to take another look at the finances and look at how to bring more money in. And I just think it needs a new set of eyes and a new perspective to go over all that," said Boke.

As a small business owner herself, Boke knows the uphill climb businesses face. And she wants to lessen the burden by increasing economic development.

"My goal is to be able to draw more businesses into Spearfish. To support the population base of Spearfish and to help it grow and develop," said Boke.

Grow and develop a city that Boke says has a promising future.

Boke will be sworn into office during the May 6th City Council meeting.

She will serve a three year term.

 

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