Steve Allender hit Rapid City mailboxes last week with this postcard showing all sorts of Rapid City residents endorsing him for mayor… including at least five who can’t vote for him:
I’m less interested in the kids and more interested in the presence of Rapid City Council member Charity Doyle. Councilor Doyle, who faces no opposition in her bid for another term, dislikes Mayor Sam Kooiker for multiple reasons. Like Allender, Doyle has faced criticism for questionable views on race relations.
Doyle’s endorsement might be impossible if she were in Aberdeen. Our city ordinance I.VI.7.02 says “[N]o city employee shall knowingly or willfully participate in any aspect of any political campaign on behalf of or opposition to any candidate for city office.” I’m not sure if “employee” includes “council members” (although they do draw a check), but it’s a pretty stern warning against conflicts of interest. As far as I can tell, Rapid City code contains no such prohibition.
Stay tuned: I’ll have more on the other endorsements in the Allender–Kooiker mayoral contest coming up!