Nick Weiland looks to improve government transparency if elected to Sioux Falls City Council
Sioux Falls City Councilor Christine Erickson is going up against Nick Weiland for the At Large "B" spot for Sioux Falls City Council. Weiland is the the co-owner and general manager of Parker's Bistro and son of former U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland. He says he hopes to promote technology and government trasparancy.
Weiland says he has spent a majority of his life in Sioux Falls.
"I was born in Sioux Falls and have spent roughly half my life here. We moved around a bit while I was a kid. We lived in the Black Hills for a couple of years, Arlington Virginia and Evergreen Colorado. My favorite sport growing up was baseball, and I have always been an avid skier and outdoor enthusiast," he said.
Parker's Bistro in downtown Sioux Falls is what Weiland says has been his biggest contribution to the city.
"My biggest accomplishment in Sioux Falls is helping develop and run Parker’s Bistro on Main Avenue. I moved back nine years ago to start the restaurant with my family after living in the Black Hills for a few years. I have also been involved with helping the State Theater reopen," he said.
When it comes to the city council, Weiland says he wants people to be able to trust lawmakers.
"Sioux Falls has a transparency and trust problem. We need to build a 21st Century Sioux Falls that works for all of us. One way to do that is by integrating technology in an appropriate way. I see no reason why we can't put all of our records and permits and contracts in a user friendly online portal. This will help build trust within our community and it will save money by becoming more efficient," he said.
He has some goals if he was to be elected to the Sioux Falls city council.
"My main goal on the council is to be the eyes and ears of the people. We need to start bringing in more good living wage jobs and create a transparent City Hall. The middle class has been shrinking all across America, for decades, and I believe it’s time we started doing something about it. We can tackle this issue, and so many others like it, right here at home, within city government. People forget how important it is to vote local, we usually get caught up in national politics and forget how much city hall can actually do to change our lives. Washington and Pierre seem dysfunctional and broken, where nothing seems to get done. We need to vote local if we want to make changes to the status quo. My goal as a city council member is to make sure we tackle the big issues and the small ones, right here at home, and I will always protect and listen to the working families that make this place go," he said.
Election day is Tuesday, April 10 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Absentee voting begins March 26.
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