Weifenbach says campaign platform is “doing the right thing for the right reasons”
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Former Rapid City Councilman Ron Weifenbach confirmed to NewsCenter1 that he will run for Rapid City Mayor. The Rapid City Journal first reported on Weifenbach’s intent to run back in March.
Mayor Steve Allender recently announced he will not seek re-election to a fourth term.
Ron Weifenbach has lived in Rapid City since 1970, went to Central High, and then graduated from Black Hills State. He served on the Rapid City Common Council for years, most recently beginning in November 2020 when he was elected to replace Lisa Modrick. He says his years of experience in city government have prepared him for the challenge.
“I’m running for mayor because I believe that I can do the job. I understand the process, I understand how things work…I understand that it’s not a business, but it can be run like a business,” Weifenbach said.
Weifenbach’s platform is “doing the right thing for the right reasons.” He says he aims to get back to “doing the basics good,” and providing the best service at the most efficient price. “I think the citizens will be happy with that,” he added.
Weifenbach says he wants to focus on “bridging the gap” with the things the city does on a regular basis. He also says getting city, county and state legislators involved to change laws to “hold people accountable.”
Incumbent Mayor Steve Allender was first elected in 2015, serving two, two-year terms before being re-elected in 2019 for his first four-year term. Allender began his career in public service in 1983, serving as a law enforcement officer in Belle Fourche. In 1985, Allender began working for the Rapid City Police Department, where he worked for many years before becoming the Chief of Police.
“Now I’m at the point in my career that if I were to choose to run, I feel like I would have to convert to being a politician and I’d have to start making promises, start paying close attention to what the people who vote want rather than all the people,” Mayor Allender told NewsCenter1 in an earlier interview.
Rapid City will elect a new mayor in June 2023.