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Sturgis Ward 2

April 4, 2019

Citizens head to the polls on Tuesday, April 9 to elect a candidate for Sturgis Ward 2. The Black Hills Pioneer sent a candidate questionnaire to the individuals vying for one position, which carries a three-year term. The candidates’ answers are published below as received. When necessary, answers were edited slightly for length.

Andy Wildberger

Name and what you do for a living?

Andy Wildberger. Surveyor/Equipment Operator for Quinn Construction

What motivated you to run for this office?

I want to do something to give back to the community.

Why do you think you are qualified for this position?

Young motivated individual who loves my community

With regards to leadership, what other elected public or nonprofit offices have you held?

N/A

How many city council meetings have you attended within the last year and during your candidacy?

2

What are the most important issues that need to be addressed by the Sturgis City Council?

Our infrastructure, specifically water mains. Our alleys throughout the city could use some attention as well. Some new gravel would go a long ways.

How do you intend to solve these issues?

Funding is always an issue, but if we make a plan for long term and do little by little I think it can be managed. Although paved alleys would be ideal, the more affordable route would be to add some new gravel.

What do you believe is working for the city of Sturgis and how will you retain that progression?

Our community as a whole. When we work together we do great things. A great example of this is the various fundraisers we have. Whether it’s for a great cause, or to fund a project, it shows what can be done when people come together.

Do you subscribe to the legal newspaper for the city of Sturgis, the Black Hills Pioneer?

No

What else do you want people to know about you?

I grew up in Sturgis. I graduated from SBHS in 2007. After college I returned home to Sturgis. I have a background in civil engineering and believe that is my strength.

It was announced this week that Shopko Hometown in Sturgis will close by June. What can the city do to fill the void left by their departure?

That’s a big void to fill. But we do still have a few local businesses that carry a lot of our everyday needs. And maybe this will spark interests in new small businesses to fill the other voids.

The city has long been known as the rally town. How can Sturgis reinvent itself?

I think we need to embrace the rally instead of reinventing Sturgis. Not just the motorcycle rally but all the rallies, Mustang Rally, Camaro Rally, etc. I know the motorcycle rally isn’t very high on a lot peoples lists, but all the rallies we host bring in a lot of people to our community. This is great for our economy.

Do you believe the city of Sturgis Ambulance service should refuse service to areas outside the city because they are not paying for the service? Please explain your answer.

I don’t think anyone should be refused medical attention if they need it. I would expect the same thing wherever I would travel. We aren’t the only community with this same issue, it’s far too common. And hopefully a solution is drawn up soon.

Dave Martinson

Name and what you do for a living?

Dave Martinson- Semi-retired/ I was a band director at Sturgis High School for 23 years. Presently, I’m an adjunct faculty member at Black Hills State University.

What motivated you to run for this office?

I am running for re-election, because I feel that I owe the people of Sturgis a second term. I learned a great deal during my first term and would like to use this experience to continue to serve our citizens in a productive manner.

Why do you think you are qualified for this position?

I have a great deal of experience in working with the public and have earned the trust and respect of the rest of the Council.

How many city council meetings have you attended within the last year and during your candidacy?

Over the last 3 years, I have probably not missed more than 3 or 4 meetings per year.

What are the most important issues that need to be addressed by the Sturgis City Council?

We need to fairly address all the issues brought to our attention. As always, we are the stewards of the people’s tax money, We need to continue to improve our way of life in Sturgis ( such as Music on Main, the bike trails, and park system). WE need to continue improving our infrastructure and of course we want to continue to grow our city in a positive manner with increased housing and business.

How do you address these issues?

Through partnering with SEDC, the City of Sturgis has already done a lot towards improving our economic outlook and I’m sure we will continue with this. The City has also worked to make the Rally more profitable. There needs to be a constant review of our infrastructure to make sure we are providing what is needed in that area.

What do you believe is working for the city of Sturgis and how will you retain that progression?

At the present time we have a great “team” with our Mayor, the City Council, and City Staff. We are doing a good job of communicating with one another, and are very open minded about any issues that come to our attention. I think having an open dialogue with all views having an opportunity to be expressed is essential at any level of our democracy. Once again, I would mention that we are always very conscious of the economic well- being of Sturgis.

Do you subscribe to the legal newspaper for the city of Sturgis, the Black Hills Pioneer?

No, but I often pick it up.

What else do you want people to know about you?

I’m always willing to listen to people. I have a great deal of respect for the other people I work with in our city government.

It was announced this week that Shopko Hometown will close by June. What can the city do to fill the void left by their departure?

Our city manager and the SEDC director were working on this immediately. We would like some type of similar store at this location if possible. What will happen is difficult to say. Because of the climate in corporate America.

The city of Sturgis has long been known as the rally town. How can Sturgis reinvent itself?

This process has already begun. As I have mentioned before, we are striving to improve our quality of life through bike trails, our city parks and a variety of activities. We are also working on adding more housing and retail to add to our tax base so we are not as dependent on the rally.

Do you believe the city of Sturgis Ambulance service should refuse service to areas outside the city because they are not paying for the service?

I think this could happen. It is the responsibility of the citizens outside of the city limits to come up with an answer for this situation.

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