Allender seeks third term as Rapid City mayor
The mayor prioritizes economic development, education and infrastructure in campaign push
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City mayor Steve Allender has formally announced that he will seek re-election in 2019.
In a press release, Allender touted what he sees as progress made since he was first elected mayor in 2015, including economic development initiatives, tackling homelessness in the city, and his full-court press for a new Civic Center arena, of which construction is set to begin later this year.
Looking forward, Mayor Allender outlined several potential areas of development during a potential third term. Issues vary from budgeting and infrastructure to education and further integration with Ellsworth Air Force Base. Another attempt at developing the parking lot at 5th & Saint Joseph Streets – once known as the failed “Presidents Plaza” project – is also a priority for the mayor.
The 2019 election brings with it a change to the position of mayor. Rapid City’s next chief elected official will serve a four-year term, a change approved by city leaders in 2015.
The upcoming election for mayor and five seats on the Rapid City Common Council will be held June 4th.