Two candidates declared candidacy Tuesday for Shakopee City Council on the first day of the two-week local office filing period.
Jim DuLaney will seek his first term, while City Councilor Jay Whiting will seek re-election.
There are two seats up for grabs on the council, with Whiting and Councilor Matt Lehman set to complete their terms at the end of this year.
DuLaney announced his decision to run for office on Facebook Tuesday night.
“I believe people have the best intentions when they originally run for office; however, at some point during their many terms, they quit working for the people,” DuLaney’s post read. “As your next city council member, I pledge to 1. hold the line on property taxes, not raise them. …2. listen to your concerns and help provide a solution.”
Whiting also filed Tuesday to run for his soon-to-be open council seat. He has served on the council since 2012 and was re-elected in 2015 with the second-most votes of five candidates, of which voters chose two.
Whiting’s most recent term was extended from the standard four years to five when the city council voted in 2015 to move from odd-year to even-year election cycles.
“I believe my experience and willingness to work with others makes me the best candidate,” Whiting said. “I really think that this is a time for stability in our local government. I am fully aware our 10,000-foot plans and goals now went to 20,000 feet. But we need to continue to move our city forward.”
He added he is looking forward to working on Shakopee’s new cultural corridor along the Minnesota River and continuing to improve Shakopee’s housing diversity.
Whiting recently voted in favor of a 46-unit affordable housing complex for families experiencing long-term homelessness. The apartment building, Prairie Pointe, will be at the intersection of Fourth Avenue East and Sarazin Street, near the site of the current Knights of Columbus Event Center.
Several residents in the neighborhood expressed opposition to the project, citing concerns about parking and obstruction of views from single-family homes.
DuLaney alluded to this controversy in his Facebook post announcing his candidacy: “Our community is growing but we have to keep neighborhoods involved in their change. Steamrolling a council’s vote, with limited communication with the impacted neighborhood, is not good community development.”
The filing period to run for Shakopee City Council (two open seats) and Shakopee School Board (three open seats) continues through Tuesday, Aug. 11.
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