Bonita Schwan has filed paperwork to run for the city council seat in Sioux Falls' southeast district.
Schwan has been a vocal opponent of the proposed Walmart at 85th and Minnesota. She is a member of the Save Our Neighborhood group that successfully petitioned to put zoning changes for Walmart on the spring ballot.
Read more: Bonita Schwan official filing (siouxfalls.org)
In a released statement, Schwan says, "“The vast majority of the residents I talked to expressed their concern that the council is not representing them and not listening to them. There is frustration with voters. People want leaders who will represent their voice."
I have a hard time believing residents are as disenfranchised as Schwan suggests. The only rumblings I've heard are coming from those with strong ties to neighborhood activist groups, such as Save Spellerberg or Save Our Neighborhood.
Time will tell whether Schwan's sentiments are echoed by people throughout the city. Personally, I think those with close ties to these neighborhood issues lose the greater perspective. I don't trust them to place the best interests of all citizens ahead of the smaller special interests.
Sue Aguilar currently holds the seat in the southeast district. Aguilar has yet to announce whether she will seek another term. The election is scheduled for April 8.
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