Is Shakopee drifting?

  • Article by: DAVID PETERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 11, 2011 - 2:28 PM

A business leader says yes -- and is trying to oust the city's longtime mayor. The mayor offers a robust defense.

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splint1Oct. 12, 11 7:29 AM

If you live in Shakopee, I think the choice is obvious. If you want vision and leadership for the future, vote Brad Tabke.

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nemarollerOct. 12, 11 2:24 PM

Seriously, a potential candidate will always try to find faults, and not ramble on about the positive - otherwise, there would be nothing to campaign on. Sounds to me like the current Mayor has a good grip on the financials, and the city isn't feeling any pain (if the worst thing is not having an active Facebook account, things aren't bad at all).

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vf702Oct. 12, 11 5:22 PM

Just like most cities in Scott County, the old families around Shakopee sold off their farmland to developers then failed to accept the changes that development brought. The "everything's just fine" mentality fails to address the fact that cheaply constructed, high-density, low-income housing concentrated in one area without adequate resources or green space is bound to increase crime.

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Art15651Oct. 12, 11 7:09 PM

I saw Tabke's Mini Cooper today on Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington. He'd better get rid of the two giant "Tabke for Mayor" signs in the rear windows of his car. It's illegal as it blocks his rearview and the forward view of anyone following him. One would assume that a mayoral candidate wouldn't be ignorant of the law.

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setu23Oct. 12, 11 7:23 PM

I'd hardly call Tabke a "business leader." he works outside of town and it's now obvious he continued as chair of the Chamber to boost his chances in this election. Watching him on the Park and Rec committee shows an egomaniac that wants his way and bullies others to get it. When presenting a proposal for an expansion of the Community Center, despite several rejections by local voters, Tabke was advised to wait for an off year. He argued that his way was best. Naturally, it failed again. We need leaders responsive and sympathetic to the needs of the community. We know that Cooper was purchased outside of Shakopee and I'd be willing to bet Mayor Schmidt purchased that van in town. Table has some good ideas but his history and attitude are just corrosive. Change, just for the sake of change is not the answer, we need better than Tabke. Even if that means staying with Mayor Schmidt. Too bad we didn't get a better pool of candidates like the council and schools got.

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jjflojOct. 12, 11 9:07 PM

Tabke:doesn't like Shakopee and should move someplace else. All he does is complain about everything in Shakopee John Schmidt has done an outstanding job for the people of Shakopee from economics, to education, to police . We have a low crime rate, relatively low taxes , a good school ,library and educational system...we need people like John Schmidt working for us!!!

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wetherikOct. 13, 11 8:35 AM

Tabke is my choice for Mayor. Nothing personal against Schmitt, he is a very nice guy. But many of the accomplishments he claims are not City projects. Most of the road projects are Scott County driven, the transit station was a county project, the library is a county facility, and the City council doesn't run the schools. We need more police (did you know that there is no master list of known gang affiliations in the Shakopee PD?). To be fair, when other agencies have brought these projects to the City, Schmitt eventually got on board, but that is the issue: leadership. The mayor should lead, not just follow someone else.

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bktabkeOct. 13, 11 9:27 AM

Thank you for reading the article and taking time to comment about our Shakopee mayoral race and the big issues facing our community in the upcoming years. If you have any questions, thoughts or comments, please shoot me an email along with your name and address to tabkebrad@gmail.com to continue this conversation. Thank you and have a great day! -Brad Tabke

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hiclovinOct. 13, 1111:34 AM

This is why we didn't purchase a home in Shak-vegas. Residents are customers of a city. This town doesn't want to work for my business. They think everything is great when, compared to towns within 10 miles, their schools, downtown, parks, everything is sub-par. EP, Savage, PL, Bloomington, Chaska, all MUCH better cities with more to offer families. Keep running a lean staff. Keep doing just enough to get by. Enjoy your road to nowhere!

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deb856Oct. 13, 1112:04 PM

hiclovin you hit the nail on the head with your comment. As far as Tabke buying his Mini Cooper out side of Shakopee ,speaking as someone that has bought new vehicles from both of Shakopee's dealerships I would consider that a sign of intellegence.

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