Wendell files for council

Courtesy photo: Nick Wendell

BROOKINGS – Nick Wendell has filed paperwork to run for a seat on the Brookings City Council, according to City Clerk Bonnie Foster.

“I have demonstrated my ability to make reasonable and responsible decisions and to communicate clearly with the members of our community,” Wendell wrote in a press release Tuesday. “Perhaps now more than ever, decisiveness and the ability to have open and honest conversations are necessary characteristics of effective elected officials.”

Two three-year council seats are up for election April 13. They are currently held by Patty Bacon and Wendell. 

Bacon, Dr. Isaiah Crevier, Nate Holden, Nick Schmeichel and Wendell have filed for a council seat.

The mayor’s three-year seat is also up for election. Keith Corbett is currently the mayor and is not seeking re-election.

Current councilor Ope Niemeyer and Jeff Miller have filed for the mayor’s seat.  

Wendell is the executive director of the South Dakota Board of Technical Education.

Wendell said he has been a supporter of quality of life initiatives, economic development, investment in infrastructure, and strategic budget planning. He has been a champion of the bicycle master plan, downtown Brookings, the implementation of a 10-year capital improvement plan, efforts related to inclusivity and diversity, and the city’s response to COVID-19. 

“I believe Brookings is the best city in South Dakota, and much of that is due to generations of leaders who invested in projects and programs that met the needs of our community,” Wendell wrote. “As a councilor, I am committed to identifying those needs, investing where appropriate, and continuing our forward momentum.” 

Deadline for candidates to file their paperwork to run is 5 p.m. Friday at the City Clerk’s Office, Brookings City & County Government Center, 520 Third St., Suite 230.  

Contact Jodelle Greiner at [email protected]

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