Ron Sasso for Rapid City Council, Ward 5
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.
My website may seem to be rather 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.
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. In case you aren't aware, Rapid
City is second largest city in South Dakota.
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 and citizens. It protects our financial interests and improves the
life span of our roads that are built today---protecting our investments for the
future. It was passed unanimously. That is true 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. If you are interested in relocating to Rapid City, please contact
me and I will gladly assist you with finding a home as I am a licensed Real Estate
Broker Associate for Coldwell Banker. I have received a customer service award
for my work in helping my clients. I can assist you with bringing your business to
Rapid City as I also work in commercial real estate.
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 built websites and did marketing,
doing business as Emanon.
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
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. 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
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 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 ideas 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
May 3, 2017 (5:30PM to 7PM)
With the help and support of the Scleroderma
Foundation Ron is founding a scleroderma support
group. The group will be 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
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 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.
West Boulevard Candidate Forum
April 24, 2017 (7PM to 9PM)
There will be a candidate forum held at the school of
nursing building on 11th Street.