Jill's Journal: Thanks, Jim

Jill Meier, Journal editor

As he always does, in his parting words as the mayor of Brandon on Monday evening, Jim Heinitz spoke eloquently. He thanked his council peers for the opportunity to work alongside them. He thanked city staff for their knowledge and for what they do in their positions.

I want to thank Jim for bringing a calming peace to the City Council Chambers.

It wasn’t always that way. For a number of meetings, our city council was at odds, and their disagreements led to multiple tie votes, including who to appoint as the mayor nearly a year ago at this same time.

One of the first events that I heard Jim speak was at the Brandon Community Foundation’s annual Oak & Vine fundraiser. I could have listened to him for hours. He was sincere. He was funny. He was sympathetic. He was a cheerleader for the cause.

After that, I suggested that he be the guest speaker at the Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet. While Jim and I didn’t know each other that well, I called him up and he happily obliged to be our featured guest speaker that night.

I well remember that speech, too. He delivered it during my interim between sitting in the editor’s chair of the Brandon Valley Challenger and the editor’s chair of the Brandon Valley Journal. While I don’t remember the exact words he spoke that night, I do remember the kind things he had to say about me and the work I’d done in my previous role.

I’ve heard Jim speak many times since: At the senior athletic banquet, at our Brandon Valley Athletic Hall of Fame banquets.

I’ve never tired of hearing what he has to say, and always appreciate the message behind his oh-so-wise words.

So, to turn the tides on the many kudos he dealt out Monday night, I just want to say, “Thank you, Jim. Thanks for a job well done and for doing all you could for the greater good of Brandon.”


Get to the know candidates

I’ve been in the community weekly newspaper gig for more than 30 years now, and time and time again, I’ve heard, “I didn’t know there was an election today.”


There have been signs posted along the roadways, and who hasn’t fast-forwarded through a candidate commercial or two? You’ll see print ads and billboards and flyers hung on door knobs.

To keep voters abreast of who the candidates are, there are a couple of opportunities to do so in the coming weeks.

First, the Minnehaha County GOP is hosting a “Meet the Candidates Social” this Wednesday from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brandon Pizza Ranch. Legislative candidates for Districts 2, 25 and 16 have been invited to take part, along with all of the Minnehaha Republican county officers and committeemen and committeewomen. 

Next Tuesday evening, the Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and the Brandon Valley Journal are co-hosting a forum for the District 2 legislative candidates. The Senate candidates are Brandon residents, Spencer Wrightsman and Steve Kolbeck. The House candidates are John Sjaarda and Jeff Shawd, both of Valley Springs, Dave Kull of Brandon, and Jake Schoenbeck of Sioux Falls.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 in the Brandon City Council Chambers. It is open to the public and we will be airing the forum via Facebook Live on the BV Journal’s Facebook page.



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