HURON — City Commissioner Kerwin Haeder has announced his candidacy for mayor of Huron in the April election.
He has served for the past six years on the City Commission as public works, public safety and utilities liaison at different times in his two terms.
Mayor David McGirr has already indicated he will not be running for another term this spring. The joint city-school board election is April 9.
“It’s important as a city we understand many of the decisions we make today will have an impact on the future we leave to the next generation of Huron residents,” Haeder said in making his announcement.
“Over the past six years, I have enjoyed the opportunity to work together with the residents of Huron and the City Commission to contribute to responsible government and community improvements to help improve our future,” he said.
He cited a number of examples, including the Splash Central water park, Central Park and Ravine Lake improvements, as well as expansion and improvements at the Huron Community Gardens, Memorial Golf Course, public library, baseball facilities, Huron Community Campus, Southwest Trails and city infrastructure.
Other examples include the K-9 drug dog program, citywide recycling, organizing the Green Energy Task Force and Public Safety Committee, improved enforcement of nuisance ordinances, enhanced recruitment of volunteer firefighters, maintaining a balanced budget and televising commission meetings.
But he also pointed out what he sees are future challenges and opportunities, including supporting continued economic growth and creation of new jobs, supporting continued community improvement through citizen involvement to update the comprehensive plan, ensuring efficient and effective use of revenues, enhancing educational opportunities to support workforce development and supporting the creation of additional housing.
Haeder is liaison to the Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau, Parks and Recreation Board, Lake and Riverfront Committee, City Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Board and is a member of the Business Improvement District Board.
He has served as liaison with a number of other entities over the last six years.
He is a lifetime resident of Beadle County and served on the Huron School Board for three terms. He has been employed at Terex Utilities for 35 years. He and his wife, Gail, have three children and two grandchildren.
“The Huron community has given so much to me throughout my life and I feel honored to have had the opportunity to serve on the City Commission for the past six years,” Haeder said.
“The city of Huron is in the process of experiencing some continuing growth and opportunities and I believe that I have the background and experience to serve the people of Huron as mayor, and to contribute toward getting the maximum benefit from these opportunities,” he said.
“I want to make sure that all of the people in our community have the opportunity to bring forward their ideas and give their input on the future direction of our community,” he said.
“Through hard work, dedication and working together we can ensure Huron remains a great place to live, work and raise a family.”
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