• Culpepper wins seat on City Council

  • A longtime member of the Blue Springs Planning Commission will be making a move to the City Council.

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  • A longtime member of the Blue Springs Planning Commission will be making a move to the City Council.
    Susan Culpepper was elected to serve District 3 on the Blue Springs City Council during Tuesday’s election. She received 921 votes (60.39 percent) compared to her opponent Michael Freeman, who received 599 votes (38.28 percent). There were also five write-in votes.
    “I am thrilled,” Culpepper said of the election results. “I can’t tell you how many wonderful people I have talked to in person and on whose doors I knocked on. People were so wonderful. They expressed to me their concerns of the district, but were all so positive in the direction the city is going in.”
    Culpepper is a current member of the Blue Springs Planning Commission and is an accountant. She has served on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the Blue Springs School District and is a member of the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce. She is also a graduate of the Citizen’s Police Academy and serves on the St. Mary’s Medical Center Auxiliary Board. With her election to the council, someone else will be appointed to fill her seat on the Planning Commission.
    Culpepper said one of the issues she will concentrate on during this term is the fire protection issue affecting south Blue Springs. Currently, a portion of the area is served by the Prairie Township Fire Protection District, not Central Jackson County Fire Protection. Many residents have complained, she said, about slow response times compared to other parts of the city.
    “I used to live in that part of the city, so I understand the problem. People need to have good coverage,” he said. “We also have so much undeveloped property on the south side. We need to make sure what going in is good quality.”
    Freeman said he wanted to seek election to serve as a good role model to his two daughters, while also doing something to bring about change to the community.
    “I am a firm believer in democracy, and the citizens have spoken,” he said. “I am proud to be a part of the process and look forward to the results that Ms. Culpepper will bring.”
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