Sioux City Council Member Rhonda Capron

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A Sioux City native who successfully sued former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad for discrimination received a special commendation from the city of Sioux City.  

This summer a jury awarded Chris Godfrey who was the state’s former Workers’ Compensation Commissioner $1.5 million.   

Godfrey attended an event in support of the LGBTQ group oneiowa at St. Mark Lutheran Church on Monday, November 11, 2019.

Before speaking about his legal battle that started back in 2012, Sioux City Council Member Rhonda Capron made a surprise announcement.

On The Exchange this week we talk with some of the candidates from this general election.  Mayor Bob Scott will talk about his re-election and Rhonda Capron says goodbye to the Sioux City Council after eight years of service.  SOHO restaurant and bar owner Julie Schoenherr bested Capron.  We will speak with Schoenherr as well.

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Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott won another term in office in yesterday’s general election.  He picked up almost 70% of the vote over Maria Rundquist.

And incumbent council member Rhonda Capron was defeated by the owner of SOHO Julie Schoenherr.   Capron was seeking her 3rd term in office and says she doesn’t plan to run again.

Six people were on the ballot for four school board seats.

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More voters than expected turned out in Sioux City yesterday for the general election.   

Mayor Bob Scott won another term in office.  He picked up almost 70% of the vote over Maria Rundquist.

“I’m happy we won and by the margin that we won obviously. I think it confirms people are somewhat happy with my performance.  I’m working really hard for the citizens and I’m going to continue that.” 

It was a tight race for the city council and school board.

Coming up on The Exchange, we hear from the two candidates for mayor and two candidates for the Sioux City Council, who spoke at a forum last Thursday. 

Also, we get an update on what Iowa Governor plans to do or not do about vaping in the state.  Also, we talk with a physician from the Mayo Clinic about the dangers of vaping.

And we speak with the host of the NPR program, The Hidden Brain,  Shankar Vedantam

The program marries science and storytelling.

Woodbury County Election Commissioner

The field is set for the Sioux City Council Election next month.  

The candidates getting the most votes are incumbent Rhonda Capron.  She received almost half of the votes in the primary with 2,173 or 49%.

The owner of SOHO Julie Schoenherr (shaner) came in second with 28% or 1,257 votes.  

If you add up the votes of the final three candidates they received less than 1,000 votes; Michael O’Conner and Rosario Perez Jr. with 7% each and Michael Bayala with 6%.

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On Tuesday, October 8th voters will go to the polls in Sioux City to choose a candidate for Sioux City City Council.  Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer sat down with the local elected official in charge of the election.  Pat Gill is the Woodbury County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections.  He talked about the upcoming primary election and a decision by an Iowa judge surrounding the 2017 voting reform law.


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On Wednesday, Siouxland Public Media took “The Exchange” on the road for a live candidate forum at the downtown public library.  All five candidates for Sioux City Council joined host Mary Hartnett. 

Appearing on the show incumbant Rhonda Capron, and challengers, Julie Schoenherr (shay-ner), Michael Bayala, Michael O'Connor and Rosario Perez, Jr. or “Rev”. 

After the forum we talked about some of the people who attended to find out their thoughts and impressions of the candidates.

There are five candidates for one city council seat in the upcoming primary election on October 8.  Siouxland Public Media spoke with incumbent Rhonda Capron, and challengers Julie Schoenherr, Michael Bayala, Michael O'Connor and Rosario Perez, Jr.   The candidates talk about development, jobs, bringing young people to Sioux City, and their vision for the future of the city.  Join us Wednesday, September 25 at noon at the Sioux City Public Library for a live candidate forum.  This program is a special edition of The Exchange.

This week on The Exchange, 

We talk with the five city council candidates that will compete in the primary election on October 8th.

Also, a discussion with comedian Lewis Black who performs this weekend at the Orpheum in Sioux City.

We get a preview of Friday’s GlowFest at Western Iowa Tech Community College.

And Jim Schaap who we hear often talking about Small Wonders will talk about the beauty and majesty of the Loess Hills, and give us a preview of a live event next week at the Broken Kettle Grasslands Reserve.