Help Re-Elect a Mayor who respects you
Thanks to your support, we now have a Mayor who respectfully listens to the concerns of Native people. Changing the status quo isn’t easy, and it’s an uphill climb at times. I have been and continue to be willing to undertake challenges.
As Mayor, I have focused on addressing issues brought to me by our Native residents, and have focused on building positive relationships with the Tribal Governments in our region. In addition, I have made an effort to appoint more Native people to Rapid City’s boards, commissions and committees. We now have a Human Relations Commission that is more than just a think tank with nice people on it. They can actually do something about discrimination cases when they happen. Learn more about the revitalized Human Relations Commission.
I am focused on building solid relationships — that starts with respect and with listening. My vision for race relations stands in sharp contrast to my opponent’s admitted use of racial slurs and jokes in the work environment, and his attack on me for wearing bolo ties as “tokenism”.
I have a positive vision and am willing to work with Native people on concerns they have identified.
One of our first goals was to encourage more involvement in City Government by addressing the concerns with the redistricting and voting process in North Rapid City.
For example, there are two separate, but related, issues we addressed immediately after I was elected Mayor in 2011 —First, we finally have a voting precinct at Lakota Homes. It was operational for the November 2012 Elections, and this year will be the 2nd ever Mayor’s race where there is a voting place at Lakota Homes (it’s in the Oyate Center).
Secondly, in the fall of 2011 we addressed the issue of the unfair redistricting that occurred after the 2000 census, when an entire North Rapid City neighborhood was moved into a West Rapid City voting district.
The 2011 Mayoral race was pivotal because I had the ability to help ensure fair drawing of the ward and precinct lines in Rapid City — an impact that will last for 10 years, and hopefully longer.
Island precinct needs new home (5/26/2011)
You can read more about the past redistricting issues in the 11/05/2004 Lakota Journal.
When I inquired about the redistricting process as a councilman back in 2004, the City Finance office sent a letter outlining the process – there was no reference to “community of interest” or contiguity in their process. It proves City Hall once disregarded basic principles of redistricting.
The attached letter from the South Dakota Secretary of State’s office also acknowledges a prior disregard for basic redistricting principles.
The philosophy has now changed for the better.
Politicians defend the status quo. Leaders help create the future. As your Mayor, I have proven my commitment to listening to concerns, and addressing the concerns when I can. I don’t believe in pandering or making promises I can’t keep.
Pilamiyapelo! Ake omakiyapo
THANK YOU! I appreciate your support and haven’t forgotten your support in the past. I ask for your support again.
Lakota Homes polling station open for business (11/5/2012)
Your involvement in the June 2, 2015 Mayor’s race will make the difference again! Get involved.
Click here for a voter registration form. Registration deadline for the June 2 Election is on May 18, 2015.
Early voting begins at the Pennington County Administration Building on May 18.