At least five candidates are vying for two Shakopee City Council seats after Tyler Pautsch filed paperwork Thursday to put his name on the November ballot.
Pautsch and his wife, Maren Pautsch, have lived in Shakopee since 2012 and have two daughters, ages 2 years and 3 months. Pautsch said he’s running for office because he loves Shakopee and wants to see more millennials — his peers — become involved in the community.
“I see my peers, and people of all generations actually, voicing criticisms behind a keyboard without actually coming to the table to have productive conversations,” he said. “I want to use my voice to serve our community and try to drive positive change.”
Pautsch is the business development manager at Open Systems Adaptable Solutions headquartered in Shakopee. He has a degree in business management and believes his professional background would be an asset to the city council.
“My experience will help to cultivate additional economic growth and strengthen our community’s partnerships,” he said. “I believe in the strengths and importance of diversity and equality. I am looking at this position as truly non-partisan to ensure that the council and myself are making the best decisions for our city.”
In his free time, Pautsch manages the Co-Rec Softball Association in Shakopee and plays music at local events and venues in town.
“I really care deeply about this community,” he said. “I want to continue to increase the quality of life for my fellow Shakopee residents by investing in our community.”
There are two seats up for grabs on the five-person city council this fall. Incumbents Matt Lehman and Jay Whiting are running for re-election, challenged by Jim Dulaney, Nurul (Arif) Khan, and Pautsch.