Sam Kooiker good listener who cares
Sam Kooiker is a terrific mayor who deserves re-election. Others will write about his leadership and his solid accomplishments. So I want to focus on two of Sam’s personal characteristics.
First, Sam is a very good listener — an uncommon trait among politicians. You can confirm this by calling or writing him, even about something about which you may disagree. You will find that Sam pays close attention. He will think a bit before replying. He will respond with honesty and respect.
Second, Sam is a deeply caring person. Not long ago, I traveled with him to visit a mutual friend with medical problems. Our friend has trouble reading, so our mayor took an extra half hour to find and buy a magnifying glass, a small but telling gesture.
A council member has criticized Sam for sending too many thoughtful notes to his constituents. She can learn from his example.
Sam’s opponent is a decent person, who may someday serve as our mayor. I hope he avoids the temptation to sling mud, something for which his campaign consultants are famous. Mark Kirkeby is too good a man, with too bright a future, to let himself be seduced by dirty politics.
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Don Frankenfeld, Rapid City
Rapid City moving forward with Kooiker
Rapid City has become a beacon of hope in a time of economic and political uncertainty around the country. Rapid City is moving forward.
City government is now more efficient, transparent and more responsive to the concerns of the residents. There is new growth around nearly every corner, and optimism for the future.
We have a mayor with a clear vision for the city, and the leadership skills to make that vision a reality. We have a mayor who is a man of integrity, passion, and who possesses a solid work ethic.
The past two years have proven Sam Kooiker’s ability to lead this city, and I’m looking forward to where we will be after another two years under his leadership.
I’ve already cast my vote to keep him in office, and I hope you all do the same.
Tess Franzen, Rapid City