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Another name comes forward with a plan to run for Sioux Falls City Council

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With four open positions on the Sioux Falls City Council, changes are coming this year to Carnegie Town Hall.

Three current members have terms expiring and one, Jim Entenman has decided not to run.

KSFY News spoke with two new names seeking a seat in council.

It's not often people in politics agree, but we spoke with two potential candidates for Sioux Falls City Council who were inspired to run for similar reasons.

When Bonita Schwan set out to gather signature to stop a planned development at 85th and Minnesota last summer, it inspired her to run for office to represent her community at Carnegie Town Hall.

"The voters, the people I spoke with, repeatedly told me that their voice was not being listened to and that they were not being represented," Schwan said.

Political activist, turned candidate, Emmett Reistroffer agrees.

"We're growing now, and we're becoming a very large city. I think that means there should be more people involved in the decision making process."

Which is what Schwan said she heard from her neighbors.

"They were concerned about 'Shape Places,' they were concerned about losing their due process rights to be heard , they were concerned about zoning, and the issue of putting the highest density of zoning across from single family homes," Schwan said.

Besides choosing city council members, voters will also make their voices heard with four referendums for the city.

"To me that is the biggest sign, that the city is not 100 percent reflective of what the people want. It's just as clear as what it is, citizens have put four decisions up for a vote, that the city made.

There are four open positions in city council and so far, Michelle Erpenbach is the only one who's filed plans to run again.

Jim Entenman will not seek re-election for his At-Large seat.

Rex Rolfing hasn't filed yet for his At-Large seat.

And Sue Aguilar hasn't announced her decision to run again.

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