Shakopee Mayor Bill Mars has announced that he will run for reelection this fall.

Mars took office in 2016 and was reelected in 2018. He also previously served as mayor from 2002-2003.

In his time as mayor, Mars said one of his biggest takeaways has been seeing downtown Shakopee continue to grow and evolve. The city has added housing and retail while maintaining its small-town feel--a balance that Mars said has appealed to many residents.

Valuing city and countywide partnerships has been another highlight, according to Mars, citing relationships he has built with Shakopee Public Utilities, Shakopee Public Schools, Scott County, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and city staff. Mars also regularly meets with other mayors in the county, which he said has been a great way to build partnerships with nearby communities.

Mars touched on economic growth and decreasing city crime and tax rates as changes he’s been proud to see during his time in office. “Shakopee has grown stronger in the last seven years … and more people are wanting to move here,” he said.

If reelected, Mars said he hopes to continue furthering the “vitality of Shakopee” and making decisions best for the city and its residents.

He added that he plans to continue maintaining an active role in the community and having conversations with residents to hear their thoughts on what they like and what could improve in their city.

“Shakopee is better, stronger and more vibrant than ever,” Mars wrote on his public Facebook page earlier this month. “I would like to earn your support again to continue to lead our community.”