Grant Bowerman is leaving his Blue Springs City Council seat, and two people want the job.
By KATHLEEN POINTER
Special to The Star
Candidates Susan Culpepper and Michael Freeman are running in the city’s 3rd District, which encompasses the most southern parts of Blue Springs.
Both candidates are concerned about development in Blue Springs and hope to bring more high-quality developers to their district.
Blue Springs is represented by six council members, two from each of three districts, and a mayor. The other District 3 representative is Ron Fowler. Chris Lievsay is unopposed Tuesday in District 2.
• Age: Not provided
• Address: 2106 S.W. Park Ave.
• Occupation: Accountant
• Education: Bachelor’s in mathematics from Central Missouri State University
• Public experience: Planning Commission chairwoman; Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the Blue Springs School District; treasurer of the St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary Board; treasurer of the Blue Springs Historical Society Board
• Website: None
• Stances: One of her priorities is providing police and firefighters with necessary equipment and facilities. She added that a portion of District 3 is lacking good fire protection, and plans to work with the city and fire staff to resolve it. She said she would work for high-quality development through planning, periodic review of construction requirements and processes, and making sure the application process is expeditious and appropriate.
• Age: 37
• Address: 513 S.E. Alger Drive
• Occupation: Help desk specialist, All Systems Design Solutions
• Education: Bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Central Missouri
• Public experience: None
• Website: www.michaelwfreeman.com
• Stances: One of his priorities is putting as much focus on development along Missouri 7 as is put on the Adam’s Dairy and Woods Chapel corridors. He supports the proposed community center as long as there is no property tax increase and any proposed sales tax increase is voted on by residents. In the face of a budget shortfall, he’d cut spending on things such as art displays and City Council and staff retreats.