24 hours after announcing he would switch party affiliation from Democrat to Independent, Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether sat down with us to discuss what his political future may hold.
Huether tells us he felt a calling to public service when he ran for Sioux Falls mayor 6 years ago.
With a year and a half left in his term, Huether tells me he's working to determine if he should continue that service...or if it's time to return to private life.
"i go as hard at this job as mayor or as public servant as i possibly can." In a sit down interview at the Old Courthouse Musuem, Huether tells us he and his wife Cindy are in the midst of deciding what to do next where his political career is concerned. "Yeah i would love to be the governor of South Dakota. I'd love to be the President of the United States. I'd love to represent South Dakota as their senator or representative."
The mayor tells KSFY he believes he could be a change maker in Pierre should he choose to run for governor, something he says many people have urged him to do. "I think they've seen what we've been able to accomplish in Sioux Falls and there's this hope that we can do it maybe in another role as well."
But the mayor also tells us he sees a compelling reason to run for U-S House in hopes of serving in Washington, saying as an Independent he would want to make Congress more cooperative and less partisan.
I asked Huether if he had a timeline for making a decision and either entering one of these races or taking a pass.
He says he has no timeline but knows a decision has to be made soon.