Aberdeen attorney Rob Ronayne is running for a spot on the Aberdeen City Council representing the city's northeast district.
Voters will decide two positions on the City Council on June 4. The other spot represents the southwest district. In both, the incumbents are not seeking re-election. Both seats are five-year terms.
Ronayne, 52, has lived in Aberdeen his entire life, except for his years in college and law school.
“I’m very appreciative of the opportunities the city of Aberdeen has provided to me and my family,” Ronayne said in a statement. “Now it’s time to give back. I have no specific agendas or concerns. I simply look forward to the chance to become involved in the process and help Aberdeen continue down a positive path of growth.”
Ronayne is a partner in the law firm of Ronayne and Wein. He is an accredited estate planner and is board-certified as a specialist in estate planning law. He specializes in estate settlement, trusts and real estate.
Born in Aberdeen, Ronayne graduated from Aberdeen Central in 1979. After high school, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota in two and a half years, graduating magna cum laude in 1981. His majors were in political science and speech communications.
Ronayne attended law school at the University of Virginia. After graduating in 1985, he returned to Aberdeen to join the practice started by his father, Mike.
Ronayne and his wife, Liza, have three children — Jonathan, 23, Rebecca, 21, and Michael, 19, who are in college.
Pair not running
The two Aberdeen City Council members whose terms expire this year are not running for re-election.
Both Tom Agnitsch and Jeff Mitchell have been on the City Council for eight years. They were each elected to three-year terms in 2005 and five-year terms in 2008.
Asked why he's not running again, Agnitsch said, “I think eight years is enough. It's always good to have new people.” There are some other things he wants to do, said the 69-year-old Agnitsch. He hopes a lot of people step up to run for office.
Mitchell, 53, said he’s been telling people for more than a year than he's not running.