Q: Aren’t you just running to add on to the Community Center? – John L.
A: No. I am not running simply to add on to the Community Center.
While the making the Community Center an improved space to benefit a broader cross-section of Shakopee residents, this is not the reason I’m running but in fact a symptom of our need for new leadership in Shakopee.
Since our opponent has been mayor, many of the conversations for investing in Shakopee begin and end with taxes and fail to think strategically and long-term for what is better for Shakopee’s pocketbook and for Shakopee’s community.
Here is what I will do as mayor to lead Shakopee into the future.
Invest in our future
We need to invest in projects for Shakopee that will begin to return money and fund new projects and initiatives for the future. As was proposed in last year’s referendum, adding a fitness center and sheet of ice to our Community Center would have been revenue positive and improved the Community Center’s cash flow. The mayor and council had the option of leading and funding this project with cash. Instead, they decided to put it to referendum where it failed and a great opportunity to invest in Shakopee’s future was lost.
As mayor, I will push for smart investing – without a referendum – not only in Park & Rec facilities like an ice sheet, turf bubble and senior center, but replacing out-of-date equipment in our police and fire departments, investing in new technology to bring our technology to the 21st century like being able to apply and track city permits online, utilizing funds to attract new businesses to our industrial park and downtown as well as beautifying our streets so they show what is best about Shakopee.
Create community connections
Shakopee City Council has not put any priority on creating connections within our community. We don’t support community events bringing people from all walks of life together to share an experience, we don’t value our seniors and their need for a place to call their own, we don’t promote arts and multi-cultural experiences to showcase what an amazing, diverse community we have.
As mayor, I will put a priority on creating and showcasing our strong, diverse community.
- I will showcase community groups and individuals who make a difference in Shakopee at each City Council meeting for my first 6 months in office. Showing great works in our community will put the focus on doing what is right for the future of Shakopee and reduce the bickering and bloviating that currently infects our local politics.
- Community events will be created and promoted by the city. Every dollar spent on community events brings in $2.70 to the local economy