JAN. 2, 2018 - VOL. 54 No. 4

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Mayoral candidate forums scheduled

The public will have the opportunity to question the candidates for mayor of Sioux Falls during two upcoming public forums. The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and AARP are partnering to host both events.

The first event is scheduled for Feb. 8. Organized through the Chamber's Young Professionals Network, "Topics on Tap: The 2018 Mayoral Race" is geared toward issues on the minds of young professionals. The second event is organized through the Chamber's Issues Management Council, and will occur near the conclusion of the race on April 5, 2018.

The Feb. 8 event will be a moderated discussion led by Sarah Jennings, regional vice president of AARP. At the time of printing, a location had not yet been announced. Young professionals are encouraged to email their questions for the candidates in advance of the event to Young Professionals Network Manager Kayla Huizing at

"We want this forum to include questions on issues that are on the mind of our young professionals," said Huizing. "Receiving questions in advance allows us to look for trends or popular topics and be sure we cover those in the forum."

According to Huizing, the YPN is seeking ways to further engage young professionals in politics. She said that in addition to the candidate forum portion of Topics on Tap: The 2018 Mayoral Race, YPN hopes to incorporate some educational elements into the event, such as understanding the role of the mayor in our city government structure, why it matters and how individuals can get involved in local government.

All eight of the announced candidates for mayor have been invited to participate in both forums. They are Kenny Anderson Jr., Jim Entenman, Michael Gunn, Greg Jamison, Jolene Loetscher, Paul Ten Haken, Nick Weiland and David Zokaites. Elections for Mayor and other city offices will be held on Tuesday, April 10. The deadline for filing as a candidate is Feb. 23.

In the likely event that a run-off occurs for the office of mayor, a candidate debate will be hosted in late April. The chamber also plans to schedule a public forum with the six announced candidates for Sioux Falls City Council.

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