Questions Surface About Council Candidate's DWI Conviction
Candidate Schaffer says driving while impaired "was an error in judgment and a mistake I made and will not repeat."
Two weeks before Karen Schaffer filed for Roseville City Council this summer, the long-time community activist pleaded guilty to driving while impaired on Nov. 24, 2011.
Now that DWI disposition has caught the attention of some "concerned citizens," who said they recently discovered Schaffer's miscue and now have brought it to the media's attention.
Responding to an inquiry about the DWI incident, Schaffer said, "I have a one-time misdemeanor offense on my driving record...Driving while impaired was an error in judgment and a mistake I made and will not repeat."
Schaffer added, "I am confident that Roseville voters will not let a one-time lapse in judgment on my part obscure the important public policy issues that are under discussion in advance of the city council election."
Here is the email the citizens group (who did not identify themselves) sent Patch:
A candidate for city council in Roseville, Karen Ann Schaffer, pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol on May 22, 2012. Just two weeks later, on the last day to file, June 5 2012, she registered her campaign committee in accordance with state and local laws.
The conviction came to light when Schaffer was seen in Roseville canvassing with "whiskey plates." A search of the Department of Public Safety website revealed charges originating in Hennepin County on Nov. 24, 2011.
Court records state that a vehicle driven by Karen Ann Schafer, 67, was pulled over by the State Patrol in the Golden Valley area. Schaffer's blood alcohol concentration was in excess of the legal limit (0.08). (See attached) Schaffer received a 30-day stayed sentence.
Roseville residents are asking:Why has Schaffer not been forthcoming with this information? What is Schaffer doing to take responsibility and show remorse for threatening the public's safety?
With such a recent lapse in judgment, how can voters be sure that Schaffer's reckless behavior is behind her? Having displayed such tremendously poor judgement, why should voters entrust their city to Schaffer?
Schaffer offers a statement
In a statement to Roseville Patch, Schaffer responded:
"I have a one-time misdemeanor offense on my driving record from an event on Nov. 24, 2011. I have not tried to hide this fact. I did not challenge the charge.
"Driving while impaired was an error in judgment and a mistake I made and will not repeat. The fact that I may have endangered the public while driving is something I deeply regret.
We all owe it to ourselves, our families, our friends, and the public safety to take care not to drive when it is not safe to do so and to help others avoid the same error.
I am confident that Roseville voters will not let a one-time lapse in judgment on my part obscure the important public policy issues that are under discussion in advance of the city council election. I am also confident that they will recognize the years of service I have given to the city in many volunteer capacities.
Roseville, like most metro suburbs, faces increasing pressure to do more with less. However, most metro cities are proposing tax levy increases of under 4 percent while Roseville taxpayers are facing proposed double-digit increases (17.6 percent).
The how and why behind this proposed tax levy increase should be the focus of the discussion and the upcoming council election."
To read about Schaffer's candidacy for one of two four-year terms on the City Council see the following Patch stories: