Ron Sasso for Rapid City Council - Proven Leadership
Thank you for visiting my website. If you are looking for my real estate specific
website, please visit BlackHillsSDHomes.com to learn more about the Black Hills
real estate market, read my real estate blog posts, and to find a home.
I have been recently criticized for not having as much energy as I had prior to my
diagnosis with an autoimmune disease. To learn more, go to my "I'm Not Dead
If you follow some of the links on my website, it may seem eclectic---catching a
handful of my interests and endeavors. My interests still go beyond what you see
here. Each one of us is more than what is visible on the surface. City government
is unique in that it touches on a wide array of issues---everything from
infrastructure to the arts...or from animals to zoning (I am a board member of the
Humane Society fo the Black Hills). I believe a council member needs to have a
broad array of interests and experiences to understand the complexities of city
I had the priviledge of serving Rapid City as the Ward 5 Alderman from July 2011
to July 2013. I hope to return to the dais in 2017. Click here to see a small sample
of what I accomplished during that brief time.
Some people may not be aware that the City of Rapid City and the Rapid City
School District are truly two separate entities with separate budgets. The City of
Rapid City has a roughly $160 million budget and the Rapid City School District
has roughly a $188 million budget. There is very little cross-over between the two.
Currently $16,000 is being spent by the city for transporting students (or 0.01% of
the city's budget). That's about it (outside of the occasional Vision Fund
project---such as the Sioux Park running track).
During my time on City Council, I made many changes that benefited the entire
city. As an example, I have made ordinance changes that requires all roads and
infrastructure to be built to specifications without cutting corners (click here to
learn why this is important and what it protects tax payers from). This ordinance is
good for the city, citizens, and developers. It protects our financial interests and
improves the life span of our roads that are built today---protecting our
investments for the future. It also provides a clear process for developers and
should prevent any lengthy and expensive lawsuits in the future. It was passed
unanimously. That is proven leadership.
I supported keeping taxes lower and voted to reduce fees---including an 8%
reduction in garbage collection rates.
I am very passionate about Rapid City and have a strong desire to make more
positive changes in Rapid City.
Rapid City provides an outstanding quality of life and provides many outdoor
activity options. The incredible park system is one of the many reasons that I love
My diverse business background includes working in sales for a Fortune 500
company as well as nonprofit business leadership experience as the program
director of nonprofit brain injury rehabilitation center in Rapid City for 14 years. I
have a Master's Degree in Counseling. I have been involved with marketing
activities in both the nonprofit and commercial business sectors.
My creativity goes beyond marketing. I have worked as a freelance writer and
composed columns for the Rapid City Journal. I have written screenplays, poems,
songs, and part of a novel.
I am also a licensed professional counselor. As a licensed professional counselor
I received an award for my work with the homeless---and I worked to help get
people back on their feet. Many people are just one bad break away from being
homeless. I understand the challenges and look forward to improving
opportunities for people to break the vicious cycle of homelessness.
My primary focus in counseling has been in the field of brain injury where I worked
exclusively for nearly 15 years. Brain injury covers a lot of ground as many people
experience anxiety and depression along with their brain injury. I worked to create
treatment models and was able to present at conferences throughout the region,
including presenting at Mayo Clinic. I also have an interest in autoimmune
diseases and the role that stress plays in bringing them on and making the
disease worse. Almost a year and a half ago I was diagnosed with systemic
scleroderma. Even though I am in good health, my diagnosis has significantly
changed how I view life. My goal is to leave this world much better than I found it. I
know I have already done that, but there is far more that I want to do and I hope to
do it while serving on city council.
I will be presenting on stress management at the National Scleroderma Patient
Education Conference this summer in Arizona. Click here to see my curriculum
vitae (professional overview and experience in the counseling field).
I am also a current board member of The Humane Society of the Black Hills and a
board member of the Brain Injury Alliance of South Dakota. I am a member of the
Black Hills Association of Realtors, a member of the Black Hills Home Builders
Association and a member of the Black Hills Runners Club. These are some of
my community connections.
Running is one of my favorite outlets. In my teen years I was consistently able to
run a mile in under five minutes. As I slowed down with age I ran further instead of
faster, running nine full marathons. Yes, that's 26.2 miles. After 26 miles, those
extra two tenths of a mile make a difference! I now run half marathons as it is a
little easier on my body. I have run three half marathons that were under 1 hour
and 45 minutes. Even though I enjoy running fast when I can, speed isn't the
important thing. Running is a great outlet for everyone as it's great for the body
and for the brain! If I am elected I hope to see Rapid City get an official
designation as a "Runner Friendly Community" through the Road Runners Club of
America. There are several runners from the Black Hills Runners Club that are
working toward this goal.
I have many goals for improving Rapid City and my diverse background helps me
to see things differently. Having a vision for Rapid City is more than one or two
ideas, it's an assortment of interconnected ideas that weave together and fit
together---making the whole greater than each individual thread.
I look forward to serving the Rapid City citizens again and making Rapid City the
best possible city it can be.
Please contact me if you have any questions or if you would like to utize any of my
A Personal Message from Ron Sasso
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Ron Sasso Discusses Humane Society
of the Black Hills' Proposed Reading
April 29, 2016
A new collaborative reading program is in the works
in Rapid City! Click here for more.
Ron Sasso with the Humane Society of
the Black Hills' Pet of the Week
April 29, 2016
HSBH board member Ron Sasso is with Charmer,
the Pet of the Week. Click here for more.
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Black Hills Scleroderma Support Group
June 7, 2017 (5:30PM to 7PM)
With the help and support of the Scleroderma
Foundation Ron is facilitating a scleroderma support
group. The group is held at the Rapid City Public
Library (Room A near the entrance). The group is
free and open to anyone. Information on scleroderma
will be available. Click here to visit Ron's
Scleroderma web page to learn more about the
Ron Sasso attended the Scleroderma
Foundation National Conference in New
July 29-31, 2016
This informative conference covered numerous topics
about one of the most challenging (and rare)
autoimmune diseases on the planet: Scleroderma.
Click here to learn more about Scleroderma.
Ron Sasso Wins the Exceptional
Customer Service Award
February 8, 2016
Ron Sasso won the Coldwell Banker LKH Exceptional
Customer Service Award for January 2016.
Fool's 4 Miler
April 1, 2017
The Fool's 4 Miler was held on April 1st and was a
great success! This fun race drew 130 people who
enjoyed the morning running on the bike path and
taking a detour to win prizes---or be fooled. Ron was
the race director for this Black Hills Runers Club
Ron Sasso Seeks Ward 5 Council Seat
March 28, 2017
Ron Sasso announced that he plans to run for the
Rapid City Council, Ward 5 seat. Press Release.
The election will be held on June 6th.
Early Voting Has Started!
May 22, 2017
Early voting and absentee voting is at the County
Administration building (no longer at the
courthouse). Click here to Get Registered to
Vote. Please get out and vote for Ron!
Do you have questions for Ron or want a yard sign? You can email
him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (605) 593-3759. He wants
Mayor Allender Noted that Only 10% of
City Roads are Failing (click here)
The infrastructure ordinance I brought forward early in
2012 (ordinance 5793) makes sure that roads are built
to specifications. The roads that have been built in the
last five years are holding up well because they have
been built to specifications and tested. Newer roads are
not failing as faster than older roads anymore. However,
we still need to address the failing 10%.
Ron Sasso Wins Grand Master Division
in Wellfully Stampede 10K Race (49:34)
May 7, 2017
A race for a great cause---helping youth!