Trouble Brewing? Edgemont Mayor forced to resign...

Okay, I'm just kidding with that title. Edgemont Mayor Mark Hollenbeck announced in the Rapid City Journal that he's resigning from his office because he's moving out to the Ranch:
Edgemont Mayor Mark Hollenbeck has resigned, effective Oct. 1, because he is moving out of town. Hollenbeck is moving to the family’s Sunrise Guest Ranch north of town, where he will manage the day-to-day operations of the ranch and lodge, he said in a letter to the Edgemont City Council.

Hollenbeck said that City Council President Jim Turner will become the acting mayor, and he expects the council likely will appoint Turner to fill out the six months remaining on Hollenbeck’s term. The council’s next regular meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Hollenbeck was first elected Edgemont mayor in 2001, the year after the city had four turnovers in the mayor’s position, he said. He was re-elected in 2003 and 2005.
Read it all here.

Mark is truly a good guy, and I wish him and his family the very best. In fact, I have to admit that I'm somewhat pleased at this move, because it frees him up to possibly run for the legislature in a few years - a position he held before when he represented District 35 in Rapid City.

Once a relative unknown, if memory serves he emerged from his first race as the top vote getter in a legislative district also represented by Linda Lea Viken. And he continued winning his races from that little blue house on the corner.

Several of Mark's friends and acquaintances, including myself, would love to see him back. Mark was steadfast and stuck to his principles. Even if they weren't always popular.

So, hats off to Mark Hollenbeck, the retiring mayor of Edgemont. And also the once and future state legislator.


Anonymous said…
How is it that someone who resigns from public office before the end of their term doesn't have any trouble getting elected again? Like that Darin Smith in Sioux Falls, who ran for mayor, lost, and then resigned from the city council. If I were a SF resident, I'd never vote for him again -- I don't care how good he is, he's liable to quit on me again.

Same deal with this mayor. What's to say he won't quit again if he wins another office?
Anonymous said…
Yep, if Smith would have ran for Constitutional office as rumored he would have been hammered by PP.
Ben Nesselhuf said…
During my first term, Mark was a freshman lobbyist. We quickly realized that we agreed on absolutely nothing but, for some unknown reason, we really clicked. We ate a lot of food, drank a lot of beer and argued a lot of politics together. I was very disappointed when he gave up on lobbying. Mark is a good man and I wish him the success and whatever he chooses to do.
Anonymous said…
When Mark was in the legislature he behaved like a 12 year old spoiled brat. He was intelectually dishonest, untrustworthy and unfortunately a backstabber. Wait, that describes a politicain perfectly! I quess he was the perfect politican. More power to him!
Anonymous said…
pp - Sometimes people just read headlines and move on without reading the story - especially if they are interrupted or in a hurry. You might want to keep that in mind when you write future headlines.
Rich Engels said…
As a legislator I worked with Mark when he was lobbying, and I found that we did agree on a number of things. I found him to be a straight shooter and one whose word I could trust.

Mark is a loyal Republican, but he was always willing to work with Democrats to get things done for his lobbying clients. I wish Mark the best.

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