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Two candidates compete for Sioux Falls City Council's central district seat

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It's Your Voice, Your Vote and all week, we're looking at the races and issues that you'll be voting on in Tuesday's election.

Two candidates for city council in the central distract are asking for your vote of confidence.

Incumbent Michelle Erpenbach and former State Senator Rebecca Dunn.

KSFY News reporter Mark Roper asked both candidates why they should get your vote.

Incumbent Michelle Erpenbach says it's been a rewarding four years on council, and she hopes to continue.

"We've done so many amazing things, and there are so many things yet to come," she said. "I have a vision for what Sioux Falls could be, should be, and I want to be part of that for the next four years."

Her opponent Rebecca Dunn, says she's willing to work for the position.

"I'm definitely a person who likes to work toward a solution," she said. "I'm not a whiner. I'm very frustrated with people who want to just sit around and whine about things."

Whether it's the future of the railyard or rapid development -- both candidates have concerns about the growth of Sioux Falls, and the zoning ordinance Shape Places may be the road map to how we get there.

"It makes zoning matter," Erpenbach said. "It matters what you zone, and people, the citizens have input to what zoning is going to be. We determine as a community what our community is going to look like."

But Erpenbach's opponent believes there are growing pains...

"I like the progressive growth that I see," Dunn said, "but at the same time, we have to retain those values of safety, safe streets, playgrounds and neighborhoods, where children can play safely."

No matter who wins this election, Dunn has a challenge for anyone who takes a seat at Carnegie Town Hall.

"I would like to see the council members be more vocal, individually, about the issues," she said. "We hear a lot about the mayor, but sometimes, we don't hear enough from the council members."

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