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Political expert: Pledges typically political, not personal

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Mayoral candidate Greg Jamison signed an Integrity Trust Pledge, Tuesday.

Saying that if elected, he or his wife will not invest in any real estate development or business investments that needs city council approval.

Retired SDSU Political Science professor Bob Burns said pledges are common during elections.

But they usually try to limit someone's political decisions not their personal ones.

Burns said this particular pledge seems to be tailor made for the Sioux Falls mayoral election.

Since questions about some of Mayor Huether's investments have come into play during this campaign.

And Jamison is playing off those issues.

"But generally these pledges are made to bring more light on a pending issue in an election and try to set yourself apart from the candidate, my opposition is implicated in this particular wrong doing and I can assure you that I won't follow suit," said Burns.

Burns added it is hard to tell if pledges actually work.

Jamison signed the pledge Tuesday afternoon and invites Mayor Huether to sign it as well.

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