FULL STORY: Click Rain CEO Joins Crowded Race For Sioux Falls Mayor
There are now more than a half-dozen people vying for Mike Huether’s job in the race for Sioux Falls Mayor in 2018. Paul TenHaken became the seventh Tuesday morning, officially announcing his candidacy in front of a huge audience in downtown Sioux Falls.
“We live, in my opinion, in the greatest city in the world. Do you agree with that?'” TenHaken asked the crowd at the Hilton Garden Inn.
The race may be packed, but so was the ballroom as TenHaken announced his candidacy for Mayor.
“I’m going to be running for Mayor of Sioux Falls in 2018.”
TenHaken and his wife moved to Sioux Falls nearly two decades ago, and have three children together. In 2008, he founded the marketing technology company Click Rain, Inc. He says two years ago he started thinking about stepping down.
“I said, ‘Guys, I’m getting a little bit restless,” TenHaken said he told his partners. “They said, ‘Okay, have a Dt. Dew, take a jog, whatever you do. We have stuff to do.’ I said, ‘Well, it’s a little deeper than that.'”
TenHaken says his passion is leading people. He wants to continue to grow downtown and develop the workforce, address poverty and affordable housing, and tackle a tight budget.
TenHaken said, “The easy thing to do would have been not to do it, but I really felt called to get in.”
Now that he’s in, the next step is reaching out to others.
“I am anxious to talk to people; see where their heart is at for the city, where they think we could do better, where they think we’re doing great, talk with city leadership, talk with some of the directors at City Hall, and see where we could keep moving Sioux Falls forward,” said TenHaken.
Along with TenHaken, Kenny Anderson Jr., Jim Entenman, Micheal Gunn, Greg Jamison, Nick Weiland and David Zokaites have also announced their candidacies. Current Mayor Mike Huether is unable to run again because of term limits.