Councilwoman Laura Armstrong announces candidacy for Rapid City Mayor

Laura ArmstrongRAPID CITY, S.D. — Ward 5 City Councilwoman Laura Armstrong announced Friday morning her candidacy for Mayor of Rapid City in 2023.

“Rapid City deserves strong and decisive leadership, a mayor who can be authentic and isn’t afraid to make a difficult decision. I believe I’ve proven myself worthy and up to the task and I hope you agree. Those who support me understand I have a strong sense of duty to Rapid City and have never backed down from a challenge,” Armstrong said. “I believe we are at a defining moment for our community. Watching the unveiling of the B-21 bomber last week, soon to call Ellsworth Air Force Base home, exemplified this message. Strength, leadership, persistence, and vision are what’s needed. Rapid City, Ellsworth and the Black Hills region will all have their parts to play in the mission of shaping our communities for generations to come.”

Armstrong has represented Ward 5 on the Rapid City Common Council since 2017, and she ran unopposed for reelection to her seat in 2020.

Mayor Steve Allender announced in the fall that he will not be seeking reelection.

Q&A with Laura Armstrong:

Why did you decide to run for mayor?


Was it a difficult decision to make?


Is it exciting that you could be the first female mayor of Rapid City?


What is your platform? (What keeps you up at night?)


Why do you want to be mayor?


What do you planning on doing between now and the 2023 mayoral election?


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