Rapid City elections on the way, new candidates able to apply

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City residents, here’s your chance to make a change in your community.

Rapid City Election KitAs of Monday, people in Rapid City are able to pick up an election kit to run for a council seat in each of the city’s five wards. Getting signatures on petitions starts on Tuesday, March 1.

Each council seat is for a three-year term and the candidate with the most votes wins, since the city does not do runoff elections. Candidates must turn in their petition with 50 signatures to the finance office by 5:00 pm on March 29.

“It looks a little daunting because there’s several pieces of information there, but it’s basically an A to Z how-to guide for running for office in Rapid City,” Communications Coordinator for the City of Rapid City, Darrell Shoemaker said. “So we encourage people if they’re thinking about it to stop by and pick up a packet. If they have any questions, they can obviously contact our city finance office if they have any questions before they start circulating petitions.”

Petitions must include 50 names of registered voters in the proper ward. The city recommends having more than the minimum amount of voters to avoid any possible issues.

“A piece of advice is to make sure they perhaps consider getting their petitions turned in, in advance,” said Shoemaker. “So if there’s any issues then the finance office can reach back to them and they still have a little time before the deadline if there are any particular issues.”

Packets can be picked up at the City Finance office at 300 6th Street.

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