While others talk about economic development, Brad Estes, a candidate for the Ward 5 Rapid City council seat, is doing it.
Estes, 55, has built hotels and houses and has a stake in Buffalo Wildwings in Rapid City. He will take those credentials into the June 4 election against Council Member Ron Sasso, a counselor seeking his second term in office.
For Estes, the goal is making Rapid City an attractive place to move to and start a business.
"I just want to make sure that as we spend money going forward, that we make sure we're reinvesting money in our streets and in the neighborhoods," he said.
Estes served three and a half years of a four-year term on the city council in Wall, where he grew up before moving to Rapid City in 1991. He's built hotels from Wyoming to Rapid City as well as the Gold Dust casino in Deadwood.
Estes said he wants to stay out of what he calls the bickering, the grandstanding and the political attacks at city hall.
"I'm really trying to just stay neutral right now. I'm trying to go in there with no bias. There's been so much, it seems to me, clutter going on in the council. I want to be involved in the business of the city," he said. "I'm not a politician."
Estes has a wife, Debra, and two adult children.