Last week I sent this out as an email and have had a lot of people asking questions and giving positive response. Hope this helps you for Tuesday! Happy Democracy!!
**Winner w/ Unofficial Results**
- Absentee Voting
- New Shakopee Precincts
- Kids Voting Shakopee
- State – Senate District 55 (Busch / Pratt) **Pratt – 55.11%**
- State – House 55A (Beard / Berg) **Beard – 54.55%**
- State – House 55B (Albright / Burton) **Albright – 63.39%**
- County – District 3 (Barber / Menden) **Menden – 58.71%**
- County – District 1 (Kucera / Wagner) **Wagner – 50.89%**
- County – District 4 (Marschall unopposed) **Marschall – 98.48%**
- Judicial – District 1 (Hanson / Gravely & Messerich / Larson) **Hanson – 63.26%** **Messerich – 64.89%**
- US – Congressional District 2 (Kline / Obermueller) **Kline – 53.91%**
- Amendment 1 (Marriage Amendment) needed 50% to pass and got 46.07% in Shakopee.
- Amendment 2 (Voter ID) needs 50% to pass and got 54.86% in Shakopee.
In Minnesota, you can vote absentee until 5 pm on Monday, November 5th. Simply go to the Scott County Courthouse at 200 4th Ave West, Shakopee, follow the signs to absentee voting and vote as you would on election day. It is easy and convenient (aka – you have no reason to not vote!).
!!!New Shakopee Precincts!!!
Shakopee precincts have changed since you last voted (unless you were one of the 25 people that voted in the primary)!!! Click here to verify your precinct.
Kids Voting Shakopee
Make voting a great, positive experience for your kids! Kids Voting has a special kid ballot and is open from 7 to 9 am and 2:30 to 8 pm. I’ll be working the Community Center Kids Voting booth from 2:30 to 5:30 and I think they could use some more volunteers.
State – Senate District 55
Both experienced school board members, Kathy Busch and Eric Pratt vie to fill the seat vacated by long-time Senator Claire Robling. Claire was wonderful and either will have a hard time filling her shoes. Here is the Shakopee Chamber debate between Kathy and Eric.
State – House District 55A (Majority if Shakopee)
Incumbent State Representative, Mike Beard, is being challenged by former school board chair, Chuck Berg. Both are great and honored Shakopee community members, Mike has served as Chair on multiple government committees and Chuck pledges to leave behind the bureaucracy and gridlock of the legislature. You can watch their debate here.
State – House District 55B (Precincts 12A and 13)
County – District 3 (Majority of Shakopee)
These county races will have THE MOST DIRECT IMPACT on Shakopee, please research your candidates. We previously had only 1 commissioner representing Shakopee at the County level, but we now have 3 with redistricting!
Debbie Barber hopes to unseat Dave Menden for the District 3 seat. The two candidates couldn’t be further apart in their vision for the future (links to SVN article) of Shakopee and Scott County. Here is their debate from last week.
8.5 minute condensed version of the debate from the Barber Campaign.
County – District 1 (Precinct 5)
In the Presidential streets on the west side of town, Jerry Kucera is running against incumbent Joe Wagner (couldn’t find a website). Joe Wagner is part of the 3 commissioners (Menden, Wagner and Wolf) who attempted to fire the County Administrator and the following investigation found all claims to be unsubstantiated (at a cost of $43,000). Here is the Chamber debate between all 8 candidates for County Commissioner.
County – District 4 (Precincts 9, 10, 11 & 13)
Basically south of 169 on either side of Marschall Road, Barbara Marschall is running unopposed.
Judicial District 1
Usually I don’t pay attention to the judges, but incumbents, Diane Hanson and Kathryn Messerich are being challenged Michael Larson (who doesn’t practice law) and Brian Gravely. Both incumbents, were endorsed by the County Bar Association with Ms. Hanson receiving 65 of 72 votes and Ms. Messerich receiving only 76 of 78 votes. I think that may say enough.
US Congressional District 2
MN Constitutional Amendments
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