I had not planned on writing a letter regarding the Blue Springs mayoral election, but several recent actions have changed my mind. City Council Members Jeff Quibell and Dale Carter have felt the need to use their positions to influence voters even though the City Charter clearly states, “No City officer, board member, Council member, commission member or employee shall use official authority or official influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election to Blue Springs City office.” Because of these actions, I feel I must state my concern for the city under the leadership of Mayor Carson Ross.

To the editor:

I had not planned on writing a letter regarding the Blue Springs mayoral election, but several recent actions have changed my mind. City Council Members Jeff Quibell and Dale Carter have felt the need to use their positions to influence voters even though the City Charter clearly states, “No City officer, board member, Council member, commission member or employee shall use official authority or official influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election to Blue Springs City office.” Because of these actions, I feel I must state my concern for the city under the leadership of Mayor Carson Ross.

I have twins in kindergarten in the Blue Springs School District. Mayor Ross has made many decisions that have had a negative impact on our district. Tax-increment financing was created to improve areas considered blighted. Part of every tax dollar is given back to the developers to reimburse them for their costs – money taken from our schools and lining the pockets of developers. I am also concerned about what our “city on the move” is going to look like once this financing expires.  

At every council meeting I have attended, Ross sits smugly with his gavel in hand, ready to stop the first person with an opinion that differs from his. He will not allow open dialogue on important issues. I encourage you to be informed before April 3 and remember that “Ross the Boss” is a career politician. I am probably Michael Freeman’s toughest critic, and I have to say he has truly made me proud in his decision to run for mayor. If you want leadership from someone who represents the average citizen, welcomes input and has the future of our children at heart, then Michael W. Freeman deserves your vote. (Note: The writer is Michael Freeman’s wife.)