With Blue Springs City Council incumbent Grant Bowerman not seeking re-election in District 3, the race is wide open for two candidates.

With Blue Springs City Council incumbent Grant Bowerman not seeking re-election in District 3, the race is wide open for two candidates.

Susan Culpepper will face Michael Freeman in the city council seat. The term is for three years, and the election is April 2.

Culpepper, a current member of the Blue Springs Planning Commission, is an accountant and a longtime resident of Blue Springs. She has served on the Citizens 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. She is an active member of the First United Methodist Church and the Save the World Project. She has one son and four step-children.

“A city council representative holds a lot of responsibility. It is not a position to be taken lightly,” Culpepper said of her decision to run. “My faith and personal beliefs are my foundation. I am tenacious and a visionary. I have the skills, knowledge, experience, time and desire to make Blue Springs thrive.”

Freeman is a help desk specialist for All Systems Design Solutions. He is the sponsorship chairman for the Blue Springs Girls Softball Association, is a member of Timothy Lutheran Church and the Cordill-Mason PTA, is a team captain for Relay for Life, is an alumni of the Blue Springs Citizens Police Academy and is a board member for the Williams Hunting Club. He and his wife Michelle have two daughters.

“As the husband of a Blue Springs autism teacher, I understand the undue burden the current TIF policy puts on our school district,” he said about why he is the best person to represent District 3 on the city council. “I want to see us re-address the TIF policy and enforce it to only be used in blighted areas and attracting new businesses that increase our tax base.”

Culpepper said she believes her qualifications and experiences will help her work well with the other members of the city council.

“I understand the comprehensive plan and unified development codes because I have had hands-on experience with reviewing them and working within them as the senior, and four-term elected, chairman of the Planning Commission,” she said. “I see the vision for the future of Blue Springs and know that, because of my experience, I am the best person to represent District 3 and the city.”

Freeman, who ran unsuccessfully against incumbent Carson Ross for Blue Springs mayor last year, said his quality of persistence would be a great benefit to the city council if he is elected.

“I think previously running for office and trying again shows my persistence,” he said. “I will bring this dedication to the citizens of District 3 to bring about real change to our community.”