Voters to hit the polls Tuesday for city elections
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Tuesday is election day in Rapid City, with the mayor’s office and five city council seats up for grabs in 2019.
This year, Mayor Steve Allender is being challenged by Natalie Stites Means.
Stites Means is one of five Native American women that have stepped up to run for city office, with four other women running for city council positions.
“I think there is a lot of value to making sure that diverse people are at the table,” said Stites Means. “And in particular making sure that those who are voiceless are represented.”
“This is an important election in our city,” said Allender. “All five council seats are up for grabs, there’s a race for mayor. I hope you’ve been paying attention so let’s get out there and vote. It’s a responsibility we all have and I hope you’ll do it.”
If elected, this would be Allender’s third term as mayor.
This is the first election cycle in which the mayor will serve a four-year term instead of two.
The rundown of 2019 city council candidates is below:
WARD ONE: Incumbent Lisa Modrick is seeking re-election and is challenged by Terra Houska. Ward One incumbent Becky Drury has one year remaining in her current term.
WARD TWO: Incumbent Steve Laurenti is not running for re-election. Candidates seeking the position are Bill Evans and Ramona Herrington. Ward Two incumbent Ritchie Nordstrom has one year remaining in his current term
WARD THREE: Incumbent Jason Salamun is not seeking re-election and the open position is being sought by Jeff Bailie, Brittany Richman, Stephanie A. Savoy and Gregory G. Strommen. Incumbent Ward Three Council member Chad Lewis has one year remaining in his current term.
WARD FOUR: Incumbent Amanda Scott is seeking re-election to the City Council and will be challenged by Tim Johnson and Lance L Lehmann. Ward Four incumbent John Roberts has one year remaining in his current term.
WARD FIVE: Darla Drew is seeking re-election to the City Council and will be challenged by Cante Heart. Ward Five incumbent Laura Armstrong has one year remaining in her current term.
Voters have already begun casting ballots since early voting began on May 20. According to the Pennington County Auditor’s Office, just over 2,000 people have voted.
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