I believe our City will benefit from a fresh perspective and new direction firmly grounded on service to citizens. My international practice requires me to develop win/win relationships with colleagues, other firms (who refer their clients to me) and clients across many cultures. I listen and look for opportunities to build trust, rapport and cohesion. I want to bring this approach to Shorewood. I want Shorewood government to treat all citizens equally, fairly and respectfully.
On a more personal note, when my son was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2015, many in the community rose to help us. In fact, when my wife Kristine called me from the hospital with the terrible news late that October evening, our neighbor, Julie Einhorn came over without hesitation to stay the night with our other two children so that I could spend the night at the hospital with my wife and son. During the difficult weeks and months that followed, neighbors organized meals for our family. This neighborly spirit is the Shorewood I love. Over the next four years as your Mayor, I want to give back to my neighbors and instill this vibrant community spirit at City Hall.
I would also like to to put forth the facts regarding 40' of shoreline that I co-own on Lake Minnetonka. The courts will decide this matter. I am running for Mayor so we will be the last families to experience this type of selective prosecution. We bought the property after it was tax forfeited to the County. After we installed a seasonal dock, the City issued us a citation. We appealed on the basis that the City code only prohibited floating and permanent docks and ours was seasonal. The City Council then withdrew the citation and subsequently amended the code to prohibit any dock for empty lots without dwellings. The following year, they issued us a new citation based on the amended code. We appealed and the City charged us with a criminal misdemeanor. The District Court dismissed the case; the City appealed to the Appeals Court who unanimously affirmed the District Court's decision. The City Council then filed a petition for review with the Minnesota State Supreme Court and oral arguments were held on Monday, September 8, 2020. As of May 2020 the City has spent over $53,000 on this case (Source: Mayor of Shorewood Scott Zerby, quoted in Bring Me The News, September 11, 2020).
I am running for Mayor to bring change to our City. If you want change - I'm your Guy.
I've spoken to many residents who live along the border of Shorewood who say they do not feel heard or represented on government services. This picture is a visual representation of that reality.
"Thanks for noticing this Guy. We call this the “forgotten side of Shorewood”. Once you become the mayor, I hope that this side of Shorewood gets some attention!"
- Dave Durenberger
"Has to be Galpin Rd. Every time (for the last 15 years) we drive that road and hit the bumps we say “welcome to Shorewood”, not to be funny."
- Susan Zelig DeMers