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Two candidates vie for Sioux Falls City Council southeast district seat

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Election day is Tuesday, April 8th, and there are two candidates running for Sioux Falls city council's southeast district.

There are many different reasons why people decide to run for office.

City Council candidate Rick Kiley said "I'm in this race, not because of any burning issue but rather a desire to give back to this wonderful city."

Candidate Bonita Schwan said "this past summer, when I was collecting signatures for a petition drive, repeatedly I heard from the residents and the voters of Sioux Falls. They felt their interests were not being heard, their voices were not being heard."

Sioux Falls city council candidate Rick Kiley also wants to help keep his neighbors in the southeast district, and the rest of the city, safe.

"They need and want to feel safe in their homes and I'd like to provide the men and women of the Sioux Falls police department as well as the fire department with the tools and the training that they need," Kiley said.

His opponent Bonita Schwan believes managing the city's debt may help meet the needs of the community.

"So if we take this opportunity to pay down this debt, we can use that money and go in and fix our roads, work with the public transit system and really meet the needs of all the citizens of this community," Schwan said.

And what's good for this community could also be good for business.

"We're really stressing the availability of trained and skilled employees, and workers that are available, if we wish to meet the needs of our existing businesses as well as to attract new businesses. That's an area that we need to focus on," Kiley said.

The zoning ordinance shape places could determine that future development.

"It better defines what will be done now and into the future and across the board, Kiley said.

"Citizens are not receiving proper notice from the city, when there are issues not only as zoning but other issues that affect an individual who lives in this city. If you don't have proper notice, that in effect takes away your right to be heard as a citizen," Schwan said.

Which is why Schwan wants to ensure greater transparency in city council.

"We fully disclose and meet the laws of our city and the state, so there's no apparent conflict, or even appearance of conflict, and that's why we have these disclosure laws. We want our citizens of Sioux Falls to trust us," Schwan said.

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