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Mayoral candidates discuss councilman's alleged racial comments

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For the past several days, Candidate Mark Kirkeby and Incumbent Sam Kooiker answered some of the big questions facing voters.

Tonight we ask them about Councilman Bill Clayton, who allegedly made racist remarks to a former KOTA reporter who is African American.

How would you handle the situation? Do you think the situation was handled in the best way?

"It certainly is a dark spot for our entire community. A real leader would have dealt with it immediately, you don't let it go on for months and months and months and it's obvious there has been a lack of remorse or a sincere apology for it. But a real leader actively gets involved immediately when they are first aware of it. That's how a true leader represents it's citizens."Said Kirkeby.

"The real question is what can anyone do, mayor, or otherwise to control someone else's speech in a free society. I've said all along I believe what this councilman did was wrong. I advocated for transparency from the very beginning and believe that the sunlight and the ballot box are the best antiseptics for government." Said Kooiker.

Next We ask the candidates our final question. Why the voters should choose them to be the next mayor of Rapid City.

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