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City council hopefuls state case for candidacy

Six candidates for Sioux City City Council have three weeks left until the election to show voters they're the right fit for three open council seats.

Tuesday, the League of Women Voters of Sioux City sponsored a forum with the candidates at City Hall.

They answered the city's most pressing questions about how they'd cut costs and bring in new business.

But, the meeting kicked off with each candidate making the case why they belong on the council.

"I've come off of 13 years of experience on the school board, was very pleased with what I was able to get accomplished when I was on the school board in terms of collaboration, use of data, and moving our district forward," said Douglas Batcheller.

"I see Sioux City at the brink of a very important and exciting time with the increase in major projects going on here with the CF Industries project and with the Mid America project, as well as our growing businesses," said James France.

"I was a Sioux City police officer for 38 years, and for 30 of those years I was a supervisor, the last 23 as a police captain," said Pete Groetken.

"I've dealt with the members in City Hall," said Dan Moore. "I know City Hall. I know how it runs and operates. I know my way around City Hall. I think I could take a good situation that we have with the current city council and make it great." 

"My main concern as far as the city was getting it back to business and focusing on our budget," said Keith Radig. "I think I've done that as a councilman. I've never voted to increase your property taxes. Every year I've voted to cut the debt."

"My listening and critical thinking skills, as well as my extensive knowledge of community issues through active participation over the years - that qualifies me to continue putting my community first," said Maria Rundquist.

The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Groetken, Moore, and the incumbent Radig in the race for Sioux City city council.

The Chamber says a committee interviewed all the candidates before making the endorsements.

Three seats will be filled in the November 5 election.

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on election day.
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