Voters re-elect Lehman, Whiting to Shakopee City council

Updated at 8:12 a.m. Wednesday

Incumbent City Councilors Matt Lehman and Jay Whiting won their re-election bids Tuesday against four challengers vying for their seats.

Lehman received 30% of the vote with 9,627 votes, and Whiting received 17% with 5,476 votes.

Challenger vote totals were as follows, according to results posted on the Minnesota Secretary of State website:

  • Jim DuLaney: 15.5% with 4,972 votes
  • Mike Luce: 13.7% with 4,385 votes
  • Tyler Pautsch: 11.5% with 3,694 votes
  • Nurul Arif Khan: 11.5% with 3,681 votes

Lehman said he is humbled and honored that Shakopee voters have confidence in him.

“I try always to put the interests of the citizens I represent first, front and center. I wish to thank all the candidates for putting themselves in the public spotlight for the purpose of our overall community,” Lehman said. “Thank you to the great people of Shakopee for your confidence. My goal is, has been, and always will be your interests first.”

Whiting echoed similar sentiments, saying he is humbled the voters have chosen to trust him for another term.

“I want to thank the voters and promise to continue to build our community bonds and strengthen partnerships to grow our community,” Whiting said Wednesday morning. “Thank you to the other candidates, and I wish them the best of luck in the future.”

Lehman has been on the Shakopee City Council since 2002, and Whiting has been on the council since 2012.

They will each serve a four-year term.

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