Ron Sasso for Rapid City Council - Proven Leadership
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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 Yet!" page.

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 government.

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 Rapid City!

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 skills.
A Personal Message from Ron Sasso
Recent News
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Ron Sasso Discusses Humane Society of the Black Hills' Proposed Reading Program
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 disease.
Ron Sasso attended the Scleroderma Foundation National Conference in New Orleans
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 event.
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!
ELECTION DAY!
June 6th, 2017
Please get out and vote for Ron!
Click here to find out where you vote.
Do you have questions for Ron or want a yard sign? You can email him at ron.sasso@yahoo.com or call him at (605) 593-3759. He wants your vote!
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!