Sioux City City Council candidates answer questions at forum

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) — All four Sioux City City Council candidates answered the public’s questions Thursday night, providing more information for voters ahead of the upcoming election.

Incumbents Dan Moore and Alex Watters are running alongside newcomers Ike Rayford and Matthew O’Kane.

They explained to Siouxlanders their reason for running and answered the public’s questions, hoping to give a better idea of what they plan to do if elected.

Candidates Rayford and O’Kane described their hopes for the future.

“I want to look at economic development. I want to look at public safety and one of the bigger things. Is inclusivity,” said Rayford.

“The census data shows that we are trending younger, and we are also getting more diverse. We need somebody who is able to go into those communities and bring their issues to the table,” said O’Kane.

During the second half of the forum, voters were able to ask questions such as, should fireworks be banned
and what programs does the city have to help address both mental health issues and homelessness issues.

“We are making great strides with the PSA’s we’re doing this past year, giving citizens two days to discharge fireworks,” said candidate Dan Moore.

“I think we need to focus on education, not just in our schools, and addressing mental illness there, but also I’m talking about education on facilities we have here,” said candidate Alex Watters.

Election Day is November 2, although Iowan’s can officially begin early voting. Some candidates said this is still an extremely important election despite it not having any presidential candidate.

Therefore encouraging the public to get educated on this upcoming vote. There are only three seats open.

You can watch the full forum down below.

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