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Sharp contrast between 2014 mayoral race and 2010 race

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In nine weeks, Sioux Falls heads to the polls. 

Citizens will voice their opinions on a number of issues. Such issues include zoning,  building a new aquatic facility at Spellerberg Park and snow gates for the city's fleet of plows.

Also on the ballot, races for school  board, city council and mayor.

Right now, there are only two hats in that ring -- City Councilor Greg Jamison and Mayor Mike Huether.

This is a sharp contrast from the 2010 race where six candidates were vying for the city's top job.

In 2010, it was an open seat. This time around there's an incumbent in the race, making the road to an office at City Hall very different.

"Every time you have an incumbent, you're going to have fewer people most likely running and that's true in this case," said Kermit Staggers, 2010 mayoral candidate.

For Kermit Staggers and Vernon Brown, running for mayor back in 2010 involved several other candidates. This did pose some challenge.

"Its very hard to differentiate yourself when there are that many on a campaign. The fundraising pie in Sioux Falls is only so big and so if it's divided up many different ways, and again that fundraising effort is how you use advertising to differentiate yourself, so it can be challenging," said Vernon Brown, 2010 mayoral candidate.

While money is not everything, it is very important to a campaign.

Staggers expects Mayor Huether to spend more on his campaign than his opponent Greg Jamison.

"From what I understand, he does not have as much money as the mayor does. However he does have some friends and I suspect he will have a very respectable amount of money to spend on the campaign," said Staggers.

Brown think this race will be more focused since there are only two candidates.

"I think the debates will be much stronger. It'll give them a chance and the public a chance to better understand the issues.  They're both very serious candidates. You don't have any fringe candidates who are doing it for attention or who are not very experienced in city issues," said Brown. 

"I think that the view is that Mayor Huether is going to be a very strong candidate and for anybody to defeat the mayor is going to be very difficult," said Staggers.

The mayoral race in 2018 is expected to be more like 2010. Since there is a two-term limit, the Mayor's office will be wide open -- once again.

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