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Aylward to run for Huron mayor

Posted: Monday, Jan 28th, 2013

Paul Aylward

HURON — Paul Aylward has announced his candidacy for mayor of Huron in the April election.

A retired labor leader, he said he would bring tremendous experience to the job, having served on numerous statewide boards and organizations.

“I am running for mayor because we need to work together to restore the city’s bright future and to ensure that our love for the city of Huron is reflected in the choices our community makes,” he said.

City commissioner Kerwin Haeder has also announced he is a candidate for mayor. The joint city-school board election is April 9. Mayor David McGirr has announced he is not seeking another term.

After he attended Huron College, Aylward served two years in the Army before returning to the city. He worked for Armour and Company for 15 years before being named executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 59 in March 1984. He retired from that position in October 2011.

Gov. Bill Janklow appointed Aylward to serve on the South Dakota Workers Compensation Advisory Council. He was reappointed by Gov. George Mickelson, Gov. Walter Dale Miller, Janklow again, Gov. Mike Rounds and Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

He was also appointed to the South Dakota Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council by Mickelson, and reappointed by all succeeding governors. Other statewide boards where he has served include the South Dakota Department of Transportation Safety Committee, which established the “Give ‘em a Brake” campaign, and the South Dakota Corrections Commission.

Aylward says his top priorities as mayor would be to improve the downtown business district, street repairs, fiscal responsibility and economic development which focuses on bringing good jobs to Huron.

“I have had the opportunity to work across this state and see what is working in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Watertown and other cities,” he said. “I would work to bring those same solutions to the city of Huron.”

Raised in Iowa, Aylward met and married his wife, Mary, when he came to Huron College. They have raised two daughters, Chris Stahly, a teacher in the Huron School District, and Angie Schultz.

“I met my wife here, raised my daughters here, and I want a city where our kids can grow up in a safe environment, get a great education and be able to have good jobs that will keep them here,” Aylward said.

Aylward currently serves as state president of the Amateur Softball Association, State Umpire Association and was elected to the South Dakota Softball Hall of Fame in 2008.

He is also Umpire in Chief for the South Dakota Amateur Softball Association Youth Slowpitch Organization. He is also a member of the Beadle County Sportsman Club, South Dakota Wildlife Federation, American Legion and Huron Sertoma Club.

For the complete article see the 01-27-2013 issue.

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