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Rapid City mayoral candidates aim to get citizens more involved

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Candidates Mark Kirkeby and incumbent Sam Kooiker continue to answer some of the big questions facing voters.

We asked them about city government and how they plan to get more citizen participation.

KOTA: "How do you plan to invite more citizen participation to get local people involved in city government?"

"Two years ago we had a special city election for filling a city council vacancy when I was elected mayor and they vacated my council seat. The voter turnout in that election was approximately seven percent, that means your down to staff and blood relatives at that point. It's so important for people to get involved in their city government and one of the initiatives I've taken as mayor is to include people of all walks of life as appointments to boards commissions and committees," said Kooiker.

"First and foremost I would ask the city council to re–implement some of these 40 committees that were eliminated. I think it's unfortunate that so many citizens voice was taken away from active participation in government. That is unfortunate, certainly isn't transparent but citizens have every right. Just like I do, Just like you do to visit with their citizens," said Kirkeby.

 

FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS, CANDIDATE MARK KIRKEBY AND INCUMBENT SAM KOOIKER WILL CONTINUE TO ANSWER SOME OF THE BIG QUESTIONS FACING VOTERS.

TONIGHT WE ASK THEM ABOUT CITY GOVERNMENT AND HOW THEY PLAN TO GET MORE CITIZEN PARTICIPATION.

?HOW DO YOU PlAN TO INVITE MORE CITIZEN PARTICIPATION TO GET LOCAL PEOPLE INVOLVED IN CITY GOVERNMENT?

"two years ago we had a special city election for filling a city council vacancy when I was elected mayor and they vacated my council seat. And the voter turnout in that election was approximately 7 percent that means your down to staff and blood relatives at that point, It's so important for people to get involved in their city government and one of the initiatives I've taken as mayor is to include people of all walks of life as appointments to boards commissions and committees."

"First and foremost I would ask the city council to re–implement some of these 40 committees that were eliminated. I think it's unfortunate that so many citizens voice was taken away from active participation in government. That is unfortunate, certainly isn't transparent but citizens have every right. Just like I do, Just like you do to visit with their citizens."

TOMORROW WE LOOK INTO THE HANDLING OF THE RAPID CITY COUNCIL MEMBER'S ALLEGED RACIST REMARKS ... AND HOW EACH CANDIDATE DEALT WITH IT OR WOULD DEAL WITH IT.

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