BROOKINGS – Nick Schmeichel has filed paperwork to run for a seat on the Brookings City Council, according to City Clerk Bonnie Foster.
“I think the next three years are gonna be pretty important for our community,” Schmeichel said.
“Since I’ve been a part of the city’s Board of Adjustment and the Swiftel Center Advisory Committee since 2018, and have been on the Visit Brookings Board since 2019, I think I’ve kind of showed my commitment to the city and want to further that commitment by running for city council,” he said.
Two three-year council seats are up for election April 13. They are currently held by Patty Bacon and Nick Wendell. The mayor’s three-year seat is also up for election. Keith Corbett is currently the mayor, but he is not seeking re-election.
Schmeichel owns Sideline Productions, a video production company.
“My industry that I work in has been one of the hardest hit of all. Live events have just really struggled,” he said. “I think taking my business through something like this and still coming out on the other end … is another point for me for running.”
He thinks his experience can translate into council work.
“I think everybody’s felt the effects of COVID; and our sales tax revenue, while it wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been, there’s always room for improvement,” he said. “I think there’s gonna be some tough decisions that have to be made when it comes to city finances and its outside agencies, as well.”
Schmeichel is the third person to run for a seat in the election. Current councilor Ope Niemeyer has filed for the mayor’s seat, and Nate Holden has filed for a council seat.
Deadline for candidates to file their paperwork to run is 5 p.m. Feb. 26 at the City Clerk’s Office, Brookings City & County Government Center, 520 Third St., Suite 230.
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