I spoke today with a life-long resident of Rapid City, who has been a resident of Ward 3 for 10 years who confirmed today that he would be turning in the necessary signatures on a petition to run for the Ward 3 Council seat being vacated by Bill Waugh.
I was unaware that this particular Rapid City businessman was collecting signatures in the ward, but I am pleased that the race will be contested. And, I'm not going to spoil his announcement by revealing his name here.
I want to say once again that I think the other candidate, Jerry Wright, is a nice guy. I don't know anyone who knows Jerry who doesn't believe him to be a nice guy.
I think it is a good thing that a former city employee will not be able to waltz into office without a campaign to tell residents why the city should entrust him with representing them on the council.