Today, the Tabke for MN campaign has learned we will not be allowed to participate in the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum being held next week.
There are two Republican candidates running in a primary to determine who will be on the November ballot for Minnesota House District 55A. Pursuant to Minnesota election law, Brad Tabke is also on that primary ballot. We were originally informed that the Chamber forum would only involve the two Republicans on the primary ballot. While our campaign disagreed with the original format, we respected the Chamber’s position.
This week, one of the Republican candidates chose not to participate in the forum. Tabke promptly volunteered to attend allowing for the event to go on fairly.
Tabke stated, “We aren’t asking for any special favors. I am on the ballot August 14 – the same as my opponents – and deserve the opportunity as a candidate to share our campaign’s positive, forward-thinking vision for our district.” He continued, “I have always supported the incredible work the Shakopee Chamber does for our business community but I disagree with them on this decision. It is unfair to not allow the opportunity for equal time in front of the public for each candidate and unconscionable a candidate would be allowed to address the group without opposition.”
This House race is highly competitive and extremely important to the future of Shakopee, Jackson Township, Louisville Township, and the State of Minnesota. Every single opportunity to connect with voters counts.
The Shakopee Chamber has a rich history of fair and open candidate forums for all local races. Unfortunately, our campaign feels that the Shakopee Chamber broke with that proud tradition. We ask only that they reconsider the decision to allow one candidate to speak unopposed.
Brad has always supported local businesses and our Shakopee Chamber. He will continue to campaign on what he believes is the best vision for our district and Minnesota.
– Kevin Wetherille, Tabke for MN Campaign Co-Chair