DEADWOOD — After serving in the Legislature for eight years, Lawrence County representative Chuck Turbiville has a new set of political aspirations. The Deadwood native recently announced he will again seek office — this time as mayor of his hometown.
“When I got back from the legislature this year, I was approached by a number of people wondering if and when Francis Toscana decided not to run for mayor, if I would be interested in running,” Turbiville said. “I’ve thought about this for a couple of months, and now that Francis has decided not to run for re-election, I have decided to run.” Turbiville said that one other reason he decided to run, is that he thinks it’s important that Deadwood continues the programs that have revitalized the community and made it a destination point for tourists.
“I think we’re at a point in the history of Deadwood that we need to make sure we are out to achieve policies that have kept the town vibrant and working over the past few years,” Turbiville said. “I have always thought you need someone with a background in public service and administration.”
Throughout his career, Turbiville served on the South Dakota Housing Authority Board for 10 years, has been involved in economic development for 30 years and started the Deadwood-Lead Economic Development Corporation, served 10 years on the Newell School Board and started and owned three businesses.
“I still have all the contacts with personnel in the state departments that are necessary to be a successful mayor,” Turbiville said. “I am a firm believer that there is no substitute for experience.”
Turbiville said that while the election isn’t until April 2013, but he decided to publicly announce his intent to run now.
“That way, if people have questions or concerns, they know far enough in advance that they can come to me and get their questions answered,” Turbiville said.
The upcoming election will be held April 9, 2013. The mayoral seat is the only commission seat open for 2013. The new mayor will be installed and take the reins the first Monday in May.
People interested in running for mayor need to take out a petition with the city’s finance office starting Jan. 25, 2013. They must obtain at least 30 signatures from registered voters and submit the petitions by Feb. 22, 2013.