There is talk here on the Forum and on the Rapid City Journal's web site about the possibility of Mayor Hanks vetoing the resolution to censure Sam Kooiker. I wouldn't count on it folks. Mayor Hanks made clear his dislike for Kooiker with his now infamous "wingnut" brochure.
If you want to email the mayor, his email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Folks where I occasionally tip a glass of Pepsi are grumbling about a recall election. In the case of Malcolm Chapman and Lloyd LaCroix, it makes little sense, since they are up for re-election in the upcoming city election.
Recall might be effective for Alderwoman Deb Hadcock and Mayor Hanks. I'm not going to carry the water on a recall vote. I believe the statute says you'll need signatures from registered voters totaling 15 percent of the people who voted in the last election. A Hadcock recall would require 15 percent of those who voted in Ward 2's last election. That is no small task, but is probably more possible in Ward 2 (Kooiker's ward) than in the city at large.
Now if the people who profess to be screaming mad about this issue are serious, they should do something about it. Find candidates to oppose LaCroix's (Ward 4), Chapman's (Ward 5), and Olson's (Ward 3) seats. (I had planned on running in Ward 3. Olson has told me personally that she is not running. I have said here, and will stand by my decision not to seek Olson's seat, based on this very issue.) Or, run yourself, unless you plan to join the City Council Club and rubber stamp whatever is brought to you, even if it means smearing the good name of a good man.
If you want to serve in the manner of a Sam Kooiker or a Ron Weifenbach, please run. There are people in Rapid City ready and willing to help. And there are more people who will vote for you.
An old comic friend of mine had a bit where he said "I came home from the road and my wife told me she was leaving me. I asked if she was leaving me for somebody else. She told me 'No, I'm leaving you for ANYBODY else."
If you are running against Hadcock or Chapman, you could not pick a better time to do it, because after this fiasco, voters in Ward 4 and Ward 5 are prepared to vote for ANYBODY else.