The man I will replace in the South Dakota Senate wants back into government. Perhaps wanting to make sure the city keeps issuing his dad’s Thunder Road the concession to operate the go-carts and mini golf at the city’s Wylie Park, David Novstrup has applied to fill the City Council vacancy left by the resignation of southeast ward councilor Laure Swanson, who stepped down due to a conflict of interest with her husband’s growing electrical business with the city. Expect the city to review the details of the Wylie Thunder Road concession lease before considering Novstrup for the post.
The other applicant for the southeast ward vacancy is Carl Perry, whom I run into at all sorts of Aberdeen events. He’s a senior VP at student loan collector Progressive Financial Services (which has been rumored to be laying off Aberdeen staff, which may be why Carl will have more time for public service) and serves on the board of directors of the Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organizations.
City council is a non-partisan office, so the fact that Perry and Novstrup are both Republicans shouldn’t matter much. Perry is clearly the better spoken, better informed, and better equipped to lead of the two applicants. However, other interested residents of the southeast ward have until 1 p.m. Friday, July 15, to apply for the vacancy. The southeast ward consists of precincts 5, 6, and 11:
If your house is in the red, pink, or purple, you, too, can become a city councilor this summer!