Shakopee Planning Commission member Ashlee Sepulvado has announced she will run for Shakopee City Council.

“I am not a politician. I’m a mom, I’m a wife and a hardworking person with, I guess, a bit of an old-school work ethic,” she said. “I just really want to see Shakopee continue to grow and thrive.”

Sepulvado sits on the Shakopee Planning Commission and is second vice chair of the city’s Board of Adjustment and Appeals. Beyond her work with the city, she works as a program manager for C.H. Robinson in Eden Prairie.

She said these past experiences would prepare her well for a seat on the city council, especially with working across departments and bringing people together toward a common goal and outcome.

If elected, Sepulvado said a central priority would be focusing on community engagement efforts and making information more accessible for Shakopee residents.

“It’s figuring out how to make (information) more accessible … so the citizens, the community of Shakopee can be more informed and make those informed choices and decisions,” she said. “To me, knowledge is power, and the ability to educate yourself and understand what the city is doing is very important to me.”

Sepulvado has lived in Shakopee for six years with her husband and four children.

“I live and raise my family on three core tenets — that is honesty, respect and responsibility,” she said. “If elected as a city councilor, I would not only continue to hold myself to that high standard of those values but my fellow councilors and our government officials as well to do the absolute best for the city of Shakopee.”