My name is Michael W. Freeman, and I am running for the 3rd District City Council seat. I am no stranger to Blue Springs policies.

To the editor:

My name is Michael W. Freeman, and I am running for the 3rd District City Council seat. I am no stranger to Blue Springs policies. I stood alongside most of you when we fought City Hall against the single-haul trash system. I offered my support to the citizens of The Pines when Parkway Estates wanted to decrease its minimum square-footage requirement. I believe this change was not beneficial for The Pines or for Blue Springs; it was inconsistent with the vision previously developed for Adams Dairy Parkway. I was vocal on the need for laptops in police cruisers, to decrease paperwork and allow more time for patrolling the streets. I offer the city a new voice and a new energy.

My opponent has made it apparent the main difference between herself and me is the 20 years of experience she has on the Planning Commission. While I appreciate my opponent’s dedication to Blue Springs, it is these failed policies that have left 7 Highway and White Oak overrun with blight and the desperate need for attention. Eleanor Roosevelt said “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself. ” In my opinion, White Oak is the best place for the community center. This will be the much-needed jump start that 7 Highway needs.

I plan on placing an emphasis on attracting and retaining the right businesses, with the right diversity of businesses. The city can then catch the attention of new skilled workforce. Blue Springs is the home of the best school district in Missouri. These new workers will relocate their families to Blue Springs, causing an increase our tax base and sustainable growth.

Please support me on April 2, and please support our schools on the no-tax increase bond issue.