An examination of the recent municipal election results will tell you a lot about who is voting for whom.
The precinct by precinct results show that incumbent mayor Alan Hanks won just five of the city's 25 precincts – all of them in Ward 3, (Precincts 3-2 through 3-6) and all of them include some of Rapid City's wealthiest citizens.
Sam Kooiker won virtually all other precincts, in addition to two in Ward 3 (Precincts 3-1 and 3-7). Precinct 3-7, probably represents the lowest income level in the ward and includes the avenues and tiny streets north of Jackson Blvd. to Canyon Lake Dr. Precinct 3-1 includes the Mountainview area and the area to the north of Canyon Lake Dr. running east of Sheridan Lake Rd. – modest homes, generally owned by wage-earners.
Three of the six precincts with more than 800 people voting were in Ward 3 (3-3 , 3-4 , 3-5 ), all of which were won by Hanks. Kooiker won the other three: (1-3 , 1-1 , 5-3 ).
More study could reasonably lend credibility to Mr. Kooiker's claim that Mr. Hanks is backed by the good ol' boy network, since many of the good ol' boys live in the very few, but very rich neighborhoods that Mr. Hanks won, including Carriage Hills, Chapel Valley, Whispering Pines, Wildwood, Fairway Hills, Springbrook Acres, Country Club Dr., Parkridge, etc.
The only wealthy precincts Kooiker won were 1-1 and 5-4 (Highland Park area and the West Boulevard area.) But those neighborhoods also have a relatively high number of middle-class homes (especially the West Blvd. area where Hanks' strongest (and wealthiest) supporter, Stan Adelstein calls home.)
Mr. Hanks won by his biggest percentage in precinct 3-2 with 60 percent of the 268 total voters who live in that very exclusive, albeit chopped up precinct.
Hmmmmm. So what could it mean?
I think I know what some of it means. Does it mean that because Mayor Hanks is favored by the rich that he, in turn, favors the rich? That may be part of it. So Forumpians, what do you think it means?