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Video: Aberdeen School Board Candidate Forum hosted by the Aberdeen Education Association

May 18, 2017 Comments off

Second Aberdeen School Board Candidate Forum

Yesterday, May 17th, the Aberdeen Education Association (AEA) hosted a candidate forum in Aberdeen. I would like to thank the AEA for hosting the event. Additionally I would like to thank them for allowing me to film and post the event. This is actually the second forum to be held for the School Board election. The first forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Aberdeen, SD, and the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce can be viewed here.

There are five candidates running for three seats in this race. Here are the five candidates in this race listed left to right as you see them in the video:

  • Kevin Burckhard, incumbent – Facebook.
  • Ken Santema – Facebook – That’s me…
  • Aaron Schultz – Facebook
  • Brian Sharp, incumbent – Facebook
  • Renee Wise – Facebook

Below is the video; it can also be viewed directly on YouTube. It is just over an hour in length.

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Aberdeen Candidate Forum videos fixed

May 9, 2017 Comments off

Earlier this week I posted videos from the Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen School Board candidate forum held this previous Saturday. The original posts had the wrong versions of the videos. I have replaced those videos with version that now have the the proper audio embedded. I apologize for the bad audio included in the original posts.

The two posts in question are:

VIDEO OF THE ABERDEEN CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM

VIDEO OF THE ABERDEEN SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE FORUM

The posts listed above now have the correct video. I have also embedded both video below into this post:

Aberdeen School Board Candidate Forum:

Aberdeen City Council Candidate Forum:

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Video of the Aberdeen School Board Candidate Forum

May 7, 2017 Comments off

Aberdeen School Board Candidate Forum

*** Updated on May 8, 2017. The original post had the wrong version of this video. I have replaced it with a video that has the proper audio embedded. I apologize for the bad audio included in the original post.

Yesterday, May 7th, the League of Women Voters of Aberdeen, SD, and the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidate forum in Aberdeen. There were two parts to the forum. The first part was the City Council Candidate Forum; which I highlighted in an earlier post. The second forum was for the Aberdeen School Board and will be the focus of this post.

Channel 7 will be broadcasting the event until election day. But for those of us who don’t have Cable TV I recorded the event and have it posted below. Alternatively you can click here to directly view the forum on YouTube.

There are five candidates running for three seats in this race. The five candidates running for Aberdeen School Board are:

  • Ken Santema – Facebook – That’s me…
  • Aaron Schultz – Facebook
  • Renee Wise – Facebook
  • Brian Sharp, incumbent – Facebook
  • Kevin Burckhard, incumbent – Facebook. Burckhard was not able to attend the forum.

The third incumbent, Todd Kolden, did not seek reelection (thank-you for your service Todd!).

Here is the video. It is just under an hour in length.

I will post more about the questions on my campaign Facebook page, and possibly here (blogging is much easier than Facebook posting).

Video of the Aberdeen City Council Candidate Forum

May 7, 2017 Comments off

Aberdeen City Council Forum

*** Updated on May 9, 2017. The original post had the wrong version of this video. I have replaced it with a video that has the proper audio embedded. I apologize for the bad audio included in the original post.

Yesterday, May 7th, the League of Women Voters of Aberdeen, SD, and the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidate forum in Aberdeen. There were two parts to the forum. The first part was the City Council Candidate Forum and will be highlighted in this post. The second forum was for the Aberdeen School Board and will be posted next.

Channel 7 will be broadcasting the event until election day. But for those of us who don’t have Cable TV I recorded the event and have it posted below. Alternatively you can click here to directly view the forum on YouTube.

The ten candidates running for city council are:

NW District five-year term candidates:
The incumbent Todd Campbell is not running for reelection.

SE District three-year term candidates:

  • Tim Prater – Facebook
  • Dennis “Mike” Olson – Facebook – Olson is the incumbent appointee. He has to be elected to serve the rest of his term.

NE District five-year term candidates:

SE District five-year term candidates:

Here is the video. It is about an hour an a half long.

I don’t have much to say about this race. I will say however that as a resident of Aberdeen I think the city looking into building an event center is a horrible idea for many reasons….

Video of Clare Lopez speaking at the Americans First, Task Force, event

April 8, 2017 1 comment

On Thursday, April 6, the Americans First, Task Force, hosted an event at the DEC in Aberdeen to address refugees in Aberdeen from a conservative viewpoint. The speaker at this event was Clare Lopez of the Center for Security Policy. Earlier I posted about the protesters of this event. This post will focus on the video I shot at this event. As with most of these events I record, I will post these videos unedited (mostly, more on that below) and without commentary. If I find time I will blog separately about what I agree/disagree with from the event.

I have the event split into three separate YouTube videos to make it easier for people to view the portions of the event they wish. I have also included a fourth video below, which is actually a playlist including all three videos playing back to back.

The first video is the opening of the meeting and some remarks from Amy Willson, Chapter leader for Act for America SD. This video is just under nineteen minutes long.

The second video is the main presentation from Clare Lopez. It is completely unedited. It is interesting to note that she brought some things about Aberdeen specifically into her presentation. This is something many out-of-town speakers often fail to do. The video is just under one hour and eight minutes long.

The third and final video is the question and answer session with Clare Lopez. The video is just over thirty-six minutes long. I had somewhat of a technical issue filming this portion of the event. During the middle of the Q&A session I lost the video feed due to a technical issue with my camera. As always I was also recording the audio; so the audio from that portion of the Q&A session has been inserted to make the recording complete. That is the only edit to this video; no portion of this was edited for content.

Finally I will include this playlist which includes all of the three videos.

Pictures of protesters at the Americans First, Task Force meeting, plus video of organizer

April 8, 2017 Comments off

On Thursday, April 6, the Americans First, Task Force, held another event in Aberdeen revolving around the whole refugee issue. The speaker at this event was Clare Lopez of the Center for Security Policy. I will have a blog post up shortly with video I shot of her presentation. But for this post I want to focus on the protesters outside the event.

Up first is this video of a short interview with Briggs Tople. Tople is the Chair of the Aberdeen High School Democrats and spearheaded this protest effort. The video below allows Tople to explain in his own words why he felt this protest was necessary:

I think Tople should be commended for organizing this protest. Even people who do not agree with Tople should acknowledge that this young man is proactively doing something about an issue which resonates deeply.

I didn’t get a chance to get video interviews with other protesters; mostly because I wanted to get into the event and pick a good spot to record the meeting (it was a packed house). Over at Dakota Free Press there are a few videos of what other protesters had to say. I was able to get a few pictures of the protesters before the meeting started. Here are a few of those pictures:

Protesters of the Americans First, Task Force, meeting in Aberdeen. Photo by Ken Santema 4/6/17.

Protesters of the Americans First, Task Force, meeting in Aberdeen. Photo by Ken Santema 4/6/17.

Protesters of the Americans First, Task Force, meeting in Aberdeen. Photo by Ken Santema 4/6/17.

Protesters of the Americans First, Task Force, meeting in Aberdeen. Photo by Ken Santema 4/6/17.

Protesters of the Americans First, Task Force, meeting in Aberdeen. Photo by Ken Santema 4/6/17.

Protesters of the Americans First, Task Force, meeting in Aberdeen. Photo by Ken Santema 4/6/17.

Up next I’ll have the video footage I shot from within the event.

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Video of the LSS community public meeting on immigration and refugees

October 26, 2016 Comments off

Yesterday Lutheran Social Services (LSS) held a community public meeting to speak about the organizations activities regarding refugee resettlement. The meetings goal seemed to be aimed at communicating with the Aberdeen community as to what LSS does or doesn’t do in regards to refugee resettlement.

The two speakers from LSS were:

  • Betty Oldenkamp, President & CEO
  • Tim Jurgens, Director & State Refugee Coordinator

This is an issue getting a lot of attention in the community. Jurgens and Oldenkamp were not exactly in friendly territory. Many people in the community have questions about refugees and want answers to a variety of issues regarding refugees. In this meeting Jurgens really took a lot of heat from community members. After the election when I have more time I’ll probably come back and blog about some portions of this particular meeting.

Here is the video of the event. I haven’t had time to clean up the audio yet, so there are some portions that are somewhat hard to hear. Hopefully this weekend I can find time to clean the audio up a bit.

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