Candidates/Political Committees


Candidates with valid nominating petitions will be listed below and subsequently placed on the ballot. Petitions may be circulated and filed no earlier than January 28, 2022 and must be filed with the City Clerk no later than 5 p.m. on February 25, 2022. 

A Valid Nominating Petition is Required for Placement on the Ballot
Candidate Name
Committee Name
Nominating Petition Filed (Date)
Sarah Cole
Sarah for Sioux Falls
February 1, 2022
SE  David Barranco
Barranco for Sioux Falls 
February 11, 2022
Paul TenHaken
TenHaken for Mayor
February 14, 2022
Jim Burzynski
February 17, 2022
Taneeza Islam
Taneeza for Sioux Falls
February 22, 2022
ALA  Bobbi Andera
B for the City! 
February 22, 2022
ALB  Pam Cole
Pam Cole for Council
February 23, 2022
CE  Curt Soehl
Curt for Council
February 23, 2022
David Zokaites
David Zokaites for Sioux Falls Mayor 2022 
February 23, 2022
Janet Brekke
Janet Brekke for City Council 
February 23, 2022 
ALB Rich Merkouris
Merkouris for Council 
February 24, 2022 
Cody Ingle  February 25, 2022 
CE Emmett Reistroffer
Friends for Emmett Reistroffer
February 25, 2022

MAY: Mayor

ALA: At-Large Council Member “A”| ALB: At-Large Council Member “B”

SE: Southeast District Council Member

CE: Central District Council Member


Political Committee contact information and campaign finance filings can be found at

Sioux Falls City Clerk's Records Online



  • Only the registered voters of the city who have resided in the city for at least six (6) months immediately prior to the date of election shall be eligible to hold the office of council member or mayor. Council members representing a district must also have resided in that district for at least six (6) months immediately prior to the date of election. (City Charter Section 2.02).
  • The terms of council members shall be four (4) years beginning no later than whichever day the City Council meets during the third week of May following the official canvass of any final council or mayoral election, whichever is later, and shall continue until a successor has been elected and takes office. No council member may serve more than two (2) full or partial terms consecutively, unless a partial term was for 50 percent or less of the full term then the council member may serve an additional two full terms; however, a council member may immediately thereafter be eligible to be a candidate for mayor. The two consecutive term limit shall apply regardless of whether a council member has served as a district or an at large council member or both (City Charter Section 2.02)


  • Candidates shall run for office without party designation and shall declare whether seeking an at-large or district seat.
  • No person shall be eligible to run for elective municipal office unless a nominating petition is first filed.
  • Mayor and At-Large Council Member candidate nominating petitions shall be signed by not less than 200 registered voters of the City.
  • District Council Member nominating petitions shall be signed by not less than 50 registered voters of the council district.
  • The earliest date to circulate and to file a “Nominating Petition for Municipal Election” is January 28, 2022.
  • The deadline for filing a “Nominating Petition for Municipal Election” is by 5 p.m. on February 25, 2022. This is also the deadline for submission of a written request to withdraw candidate’s name from nomination.
  • See City Charter Section 6.01 and Administrative Rules of South Dakota Chapter 5:02:08, Petitions
  • Nominating Petition for Municipal Election NOTE: Use “5.02:08:13 Nominating Petition for Municipal Election” letter or legal paper size
  • Candidate Nominating Petition Validation Checklist
  • How to Circulate a Nominating Petition


In addition to Elective Offices, the ballot may also include: Initiated Measures, Referred Measures, and Charter Amendments.

According to City Charter Section 6.03, “the powers of initiative and referendum are hereby reserved to the electors of the city. The provisions of the election law of the State of South Dakota, as they currently exist or may hereafter be amended or superseded, shall govern the exercise of the powers of initiative and referendum under this charter.” There is a City registration requirement to circulate petitions for an initiative or referendum. Go to the Initiative and Referendum Petition Information webpage for more information. 

The Charter Amendment process is outlined in Article VIII: Charter Amendment of the City Charter. Two Charter Amendments will be placed on the ballot as a result of proposals by the City Council: see Ordinance 160-21 and Ordinance 161-21.