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Rapid City mayoral candidates in campaign mode

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It's down to the final month of campaigning for the two Rapid City mayoral candidates.

Things are heating up for the incumbent, Sam Kooiker, and his opponent mayoral candidate, Mark Kirkeby, as both men work tirelessly and competitively to earn votes.

 

"If you truly love something like I love Rapid City and our citizens," said Kirkeby. "You do all you can to take care of it. And that's why I'm applying for the job." 

But Kooiker has his doubts about Kirkeby.

"I am the only candidate who has articulated a vision for Rapid City," he said.  

The two men are approaching the campaign differently, and the biggest difference so far could be seen on the chamber packet.

Kooiker's message is simple and he's pictured in the center of his family on one of the postcard, while Kirkeby used the opportunity to call criticize his opponents ability to effectively lead the city.

"It's unfortunate," said Kirkeby. "It filters down not only to elected leaders, certainly staff in city hall, but our entire community."  

This was a slam Kooiker did not take lightly.

"My opponents vision is simply criticize me," said Kooiker. "When I say east he says west, when I say okay he says quarrel because he simply just wants a fight."

While there most likely won't be any fists involved, the winner of what's expected to be a close race will be resolved one way or another on June 4th.

Kooiker has served as Rapid City's mayor since 2010k, before that he was a city council member.

Kirkeby is a current state legislator, he has also served on the Pennington County Commission.

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