No let-up in heated race for mayor

  • Article by: DAVID PETERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 22, 2011 - 8:12 PM

The two Shakopee candidates have "radically different" views.

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setu23Oct. 23, 1112:33 PM

I wasn't able to get to the debate but did watch it online. Tabke talked of using cash reserves to upgrade a community center that the voters have said no to multiple times. That's not leadership. He complains about resatraunts downtown, clearly unhappy with Dangerfields, Panzanellas, Turtles, Mr. Pig Stuff, Pablo's, and close-by Stonebrooke and The Wilds. He threw them under the bus just like he did to the current City Council many times. This guy is forcing a lot of voters, willing for change, to run away from him fast. He has a good ability to write out thoughts, likely with help of campaign staff, but the more he talks the worst he sounds. We'll see how he answers this, knowing his ego will force a response.

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wpmarsOct. 23, 11 2:02 PM

Tabke has the vision to lead us into the future. The current council bickers all the time. This is not what you want from a mayor or a council. Shakopee has a lot to offer, Tabke wants to make it even better. I see nothing wrong with that. Our current mayor's time has come and gone, enough with the pontificating about the past with endless histoy lessons of the past 25,30&40 years ago. Lets look to the future, with vision, leadership and with the idea of working together - Tabke will bring all of that and more as mayor. All so lets more forwward with some new council members as well. We do have some council member(s)that vote No on every major, positive idea for our city- no on Huber Park, No on business(I-State), no on the community center, no and stalled the cty rd 101 project. Enough is enough - time to move on - the current council and leadership has HAD there time.

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wetherikOct. 23, 11 2:07 PM

Thank you to the star tribune for reporting on this. I was at the mayoral forum and was shocked and saddened by Schmitt's responses regarding the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and immigrant populations. His responses show how out of touch he is with Shakopee.

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togunnerOct. 23, 11 4:57 PM

Mayor Schmitt is scornfull of those more than 10 years younger than him. As noted by others, he keeps looking back on the past with very little thought for the future and no embracing of change. It's time for both Mayor Schmitt and one of the older councilors to step aside for fresh ideas and energy.

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bristrOct. 24, 1110:20 AM

Regarding Setu23, if you had done a little research on Tabke, I think you would find that that he and his family are avid supporters of Shakopee, and frequent many of the restaurants that you refer to. Tabke's vision is to increase foot traffic in downtown Shakopee, therefore increasing business to the restaurants and shops that are already established. I agree, voters have said no to the referendum to build the Community Center, but there is still plenty of support regarding the Center. Maybe voters said 'no' because of the massive reserve of tax funds sitting around not being used? Tabke has chosen to make his home in Shakopee, and I feel he will work tirelessly to make it the best it can be. It's time for some new ideas and new energy in Shakopee.

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moron100Oct. 25, 11 2:57 PM

Tabke speaks of great things he wants to do for Shakopee if only the people would see it his way. He likes to pay with other peoples money. If he is elected Shakopee will be broke in 2 years. An environmental interpretive center for what? The county has those parks already.

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justmeagainOct. 25, 11 8:39 PM

A lot of Tabke supporters out here. Lovely. To be blunt, I am a resident of Shakopee for the past 15 years. The city has grown by leaps and leaps and even more leaps. But we do not need more parks, another sheet of ice at a small percent of the population will use community center, or foot traffic downtown. The majority of the population lives outside of the downtown area. We need another river crossing and more lanes on 169 crossing into Hennepin and a better way to go west to east in Scott County to Dakota County. Mr. Tabke has STATED that he will get the improvements of the Community Center through without the vote of the people. The city did just revamp First Avenue and thankfully someone on the council listened and didn't push for 6-8 traffic circles on First Avenue. I really don't like either person...but I would prefer Mayor Schmidt because Mr. Tabke will put us in the poor house. All we are hearing is a bunch of nice statements and buzz words, but Mr. Tabke and others are accusing Mayor Schmidt of being narrow minded, however these same people are poking about Mayor Schmidt's age. They are doing exactly what they are doing to Mayor Schmidt.

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