Rapid City council candidates say job creation is important - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City council candidates say job creation is important

On Tuesday night candidates for Rapid City Council and school board seats had the opportunity to share their opinions and answer voters' questions. Members of the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce and the Home Builders Association hosted the forum. Candidates say issues important for them are job creation and infrastructure.

Those who've held office before and those who haven't gathered to share what issues are important to them, including job creation.

"We do need higher wage paying jobs in our area. But I think it is also tied to affordable housing and controlled growth in our area. We've had a lot of expansion as far as growth goes," said Amanda Scott, candidate for Ward 4.

'I'd like to see more young people be able to live and raise families in rapid city. My kids got their education here, they took off for Minneapolis," said Darla Drew, candidate for Ward 5.

Others were concerned about infrastructure.

"Our infrastructure is always a challenge. Our drainage is a challenge. I think there are so many things where when we look at where rapid city is right now, we are at a great time where there are a lot of things going on many things that are very positive," said Ron Sasso, candidate for Ward 5.

Some candidates want to give back to a community they care about.

"I think I bring a lot of experience in Ward 2. I have been a resident there since 1970. I'm in tune with what needs to be done in Ward 2," said Richard Towne, candidate for Ward 2.

Some candidates say they think it's important that council members listen to the public.

"There are five people on city council that voted not to give those people on Enchantment Hill what they promised them when they got the second Walmart. That kind of thing is frustrating because if you make a promise you keep the promise," said Vince Vidal, candidate for Ward 1.

While they may have differences, most candidates agree job creation and infrastructure should be a focus.

The election is Tuesday, June 3. Candidates for Ward 1 are Vince Vidal and Ron Weifenbach. For Ward 2, Steve Laurenti, Tim Rose and Richard Towne are running. Chad lewis is running Ward 3. Candidates for Ward 4 are Amanda Scott and Rick Askvig. Ron Sasso and Darla Drew are running for Ward 5.

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