Former Minnesota House Rep. Brad Tabke announced Wednesday in an email to supporters that he plans to run for House again in 2022.
“It is crystal clear that Rep. Mortensen is not actually representing Shakopee,” Tabke wrote. “Shakopee deserves a representative that will engage with local voters, businesses, and officials to get work done for our community.”
Tabke criticized Mortensen in the email for “padding his ego with alt-right blog headlines” and spending his time on “non-starter bills and dead-end resolutions.” Since his term began in January, the Republican representative has been in the public eye for introducing a resolution to impeach Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat, and for voting against condemning the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection.
For a list of the bills that Mortensen has authored, click here.
Tabke, a Democrat, served a two-year term after defeating Mortensen in the 2018 election by a margin of 4%. The two candidates ran again in 2020, and Mortensen was elected by a margin of 2.4%. Tabke also served as the mayor of Shakopee from 2012 to 2016.
“It has been my absolute honor serving Shakopee as mayor and in the Minnesota House,” Tabke wrote. “Together, we focused on finding solutions for major issues like health care, transportation and education.”
Tabke’s list of authored bills passed into law from his two-year term include: a bill allowing the use of leashed dogs by hunters to track big game; a bill suggested by Shakopee workers that requires vehicles slow down and move over when passing garbage trucks, utility workers, or any vehicle with flashing lights; a bill reimbursing local police departments for the purchase of bulletproof vests and other safety equipment; and a bill allowing Canterbury Park to continue operating in the event of a government shutdown.
For a list of the bills Tabke authored during the 2019-2020 legislative session, click here.