Susan Culpepper, candidate for the 3rd District representative on the Blue Springs City Council, and I have been acquainted for more than 30 years. I have been privileged to work with Susan on many projects, including raising money for needy families, for St. Mary’s Medical Center, for hospice-care programs, and for other volunteer groups.

To the editor:

Susan Culpepper, candidate for the 3rd District representative on the Blue Springs City Council, and I have been acquainted for more than 30 years. I have been privileged to work with Susan on many projects, including raising money for needy families, for St. Mary’s Medical Center, for hospice-care programs, and for other volunteer groups.

Susan is an honest, hard-working individual who is willing to devote many hours to helping others. In recent years, Susan has proven her leadership abilities by serving three terms as the chair of the Blue Springs Planning Commission, a position to which she was elected by her peers. Her tireless efforts to be knowledgeable, realistic and visionary when voting on issues before the commission reflect her commitment to “do her homework.” Susan exemplifies this same attention to detail in preparing program presentations for other groups, as well, which I have personally observed for many years.

Being selected to receive the Citizen Leader of the Year Award, presented by the Missouri Municipal League, is another indication of the high quality of Susan’s civic work and leadership. Susan is very concerned about quality development in the city, revitalization of “blighted” areas and the safety and protection of all citizens. With pending development in the southern part of the city, which includes much of the 3rd District, Susan will employ her accounting experience, along with her willingness to work with both developers and property owners, in creating another thriving area for Blue Springs businesses and residents.

Electing an experienced civic leader, who will bring fresh views and an open mind to City Council discussions, is important to the city’s future. As a longtime Blue Springs resident, and a longtime colleague and friend of Susan Culpepper, I encourage you to consider her for your vote on April 5.