Fellow Citizens,

I was approached by the Des Moines Register earlier this week. They informed me that they were sent a blank envelope about me, from a person who felt the need to bring up my past indiscretions. My past is no secret. I have shared my story with Waukee youth about the dangers of drug use.

As Oscar Wilde said, "Every saint has a past, every sinner a future." I sinned. I will be the first to admit it. However, I learned from the mistake and ultimately became a better person because of my mistake.

17 years ago, when I was 22, I smoked marjuana with a friend who was age 17. The parents rightfully told the police and I was charged with a Felony. I was given 5 years probation. I earned my way off this probation in 2 years because I didn’t cause any additional problems. As well, I had no prior issues nor offenses since. At this point I was attending Bible College. I became a changed person. I learned how Jesus died for all of our sins and I am so grateful for this. Everyone deserves a second chance.

I graduated Bible College in 2000 and had all my rights restored in 2001. I am not the same person today as I was 18 years ago.

This person, who has chosen to remain anonymous, is also attempting to tarnish my name over my personal financials. I was born with a rare Congenital Disorder and have had many medical difficulties since birth, including a kidney transplant. From 2009-2012 I had no medical insurance because myself and my son could not qualify because of pre existing conditions. Being a transplant recipient I take many medications, one cost me over $600 month. My son was hospitalized with pneumonia in early 2010, and in addition has had multiple ER visits. Being the parent of an Autistic child and myself a transplant recipient without medical insurance we struggled, just as many families do.

I do have a few medical collections and a judgement because of this. I know what it’s like to struggle and it has taught me how to stretch a dollar.

Because of the Felony 17 years ago, I have used this to help other kids change their path in life. I have even spoke at the Waukee Character building Academy about this. I also spoke at our Middle Schools during Anti Bullying Campaigns. It saddens me, that someone would sink so low to try and make me look like someone I am not. As your Council person over the last four years, I have proven to be a great leader in this Community. Waukee has grown by 3,200 residents, our tax rates are stable and have been for 14 years. I was a key member in getting the Alice’s Road corridor open for our new Road and Bridge to be completed. I have helped in the Development of a new Community Center to revitalize our downtown and have added miles of trail throughout our City. During my tenure as your Council person Waukee was named the 22nd best town in the Nation to live in by CNN money. We have added 25 new businesses to the City and I am working everyday for more to come.

I am a good kind hearted person with integrity that has grown up. After all, I think we all have changed today from the person we were at age 21. I thank you all for your support; especially my wife, children and friends who have been affected by this attempt to hurt my character.

I hope I can count on your vote on November 5th.

Respectfully yours,

Shane Blanchard