Race for mayor heating up

In case anyone had doubts about whether Mayor Mike Huether wanted to keep his job leading Sioux Falls city government for another four years, he’ll be holding a press conference about how he’s “working to earn the honor to serve again.”

Huether filed for office back in November, and this is the first week candidates can petition for the signatures they need to get on the April 8 ballot. That makes it timely for Huether to be holding what’s technically his first official press event talking about re-election.

The mayor will be at the Hilton Garden Inn, downtown at 201 E. Eighth St., at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5.

“We have accomplished so much but I am even more excited about capturing the opportunities and addressing the challenges that lie ahead,” he said in a news release.

Huether’s challenger, Councilor Greg Jamison, got a three-month jump on his campaign before Huether would officially say he’s running again. Lately, Jamison has been talking about his People First initiative. So far, he’s focused on traffic and public safety issues.

Responding to the recent string of robberies, he went so far on Friday as to say in a news release: “… if Mike Huether isn’t going to do anything, he needs to get out of the way. Public safety needs to be our number one priority.”

Here we go. Campaign season has begun.