Election Candidate Profiles: Jay Whiting
Every day, Shakopee Patch will profile a candidate for the mayor's office or city council.
Jay Whiting founded the Shakopee's Historic Preservation Commission and said he wants to see new buildings that meet community needs “without diminishing the historic flavor of the various neighborhood communities. ...When you look left and look right you want something to blend in with the existing building.”
He's also concerned about the city making enough investment in repair and replacement of roads. “The safety of our family and neighbors should not be at risk due the desire to save tax dollars.” He also would like to see investment in recreation that would bring in participation fees, such as more Little League ball fields.
Whiting has lived in Shakopee 18 years and enjoys the “flavor of the neighborhoods” and the rewarding experience of being an active community member. He is president of the Shakopee Heritage Society, vice president of Derby Days and a Shakopee Lion’s Club member. He also volunteers in the Loaves and Fishes program that donates funds and organizes meals for those in need. He leads the meal service many times a year that is held at St. Mark's Church in Shakopee. He works in the printing industry and is a quality and safety manager for B.F. Nelson Corporation in Savage.