Ten candidates have filed for four Aberdeen City Council seats. Running in the southeast district against incumbent councilman Clint Rux is political newcomer Kaleb Weis. His campaign website offers this mixed imagery:
“Your Voice of Reason”? His profile picture, used here and on his campaign Facebook page, suggest he meant a different R-word:
When a guy is running for office and the first thing he shows us is a cross bigger than he is, I can’t help wondering whom he wants to crucify.
Alas, I can’t find out more about what reason or religion Weis would bring to city government, since his “Learn More” button is still inactive as of this writing.
On the good side, I am pleased to see below that a stock photo chosen from the Wix gallery that possibly depicts a naturalization ceremony—folks dressed up, seated in neat rows, holding little flags. Amidst renewed anti-immigrant paranoia (funny how these xenophobic outbursts coincide now in Aberdeen with elections), it’s nice to see an Aberdeen candidate signal welcome to new Americans.
Unfortunately, that subtle message may be outshouted by his family’s support for Donald Trump and Lora Hubbel. Last September his wife Kayla (proudly displayed in Kaleb’s campaign photo, so we can only assume he welcomes her as a partner in his campaign) added a photo of herself proudly sporting a Trump sticker as her Facebook profile pic:
Just last week, Mrs. Weis forwarded and embellished paranoid rantings from Lora Hubbel, a generally discredited source even among conservative Republican circles, in the Aberdeen Online Rummage Sale Facebook group:
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED:
At 10 am tomorrow (March 24) at Zion Luthern Church in Aberdeen there will be a meeting with a US Attorney and a “Loretta Lynch appointed” Civil Rights Attorney.
How is it that citizens in Aberdeen concerned about the status of refugees and the identification of illegals in their midst are left out of this meeting? Yet those who are opposed to the failures and negative incidents that have happened in Aberdeen do NOT get an invitation to be there?
Where are the statistics and media reporting about the crimes committed in their city by those brought in as refugees/illegals/secondary migration? Will anyone come forward to help Aberdeen and listen to the people? Will our Governor’s office or Attorney General’s office come to the aid of Aberdeen’s concerned citizens, who have had legitimate negative encounters and hence feel unsafe in their own community? Has someone turned the lights out in South Dakota and now everyone must run around in the dark on the issue of refugee resettlement and illegals in our cities and towns? We have a responsibility to our South Dakota families and especially Aberdeen to fully vet every refugee and immigrant we place in our great state.
Of special note: There is a tape of a high ranking LSS official stating she does NOT and CANNOT currently vet all these people coming in because for some there is no government in place from which to retrieve documents. In that case “vetting” is based solely on the word of those wanting to come into our country. We need to stand behind President Trump in his efforts to keep America Safe. Let us pray that this is not “human trafficking” of a different sort by placing displaced people in South Dakota where some do not want to assimilate [Kayla Weis, posted to Aberdeen Online Rummage Sale Facebook group, 2017.03.23; adapted from Lora Hubbel, public Facebook post, 2017.03.23].
Hmm… your spouse criticizes local institutions by implicating them in some vast “human trafficking” conspiracy, and then you feature that spouse in your campaign materials as you run for city office? I hope Kaleb Weis will explain that on his “Learn More” page… when he gets around to posting it.
Meanwhile, Clint Rux focuses on experience and “common sense” on his Facebook campaign page. His recent posts—not a lot, but more indicative of his councilman’s mindset than Weis’s material—deal with pretty mundane stuff. He mentions the negative impact WEB Water’s moratorium on new hookups will have on regional economic development and the need for Aberdeen to pick up the slack. He notes approving the appraisal of the old library and receiving bids for the next phase of the Kline Street storm sewer upgrade. And has his campaign season cover photo, he offers this photo of the new Merton Street holding pond:
Muddy, not colorful, but practical. The Weises may be worried about keeping certain people out of Aberdeen; Rux appears more concerned about keeping water out of his neighbors’ basements.
Aberdeen holds its city election June 6.