Letter: Sturtz would make positive changes in First Ward

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 | 10:28 a.m. CDT; updated 2:17 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I’ve known Paul Sturtz since he first moved to Columbia and enrolled his son in my preschool. He quickly became involved in the community working for the Missouri Rural Crisis Center. He was also one of the pioneering members of the Save Stephen’s Lake organization. Paul is a community organizer of the best kind. He is always considerate and respectful of the interests and ideas of local people, their diversity and their values.

My husband and I own two properties in the First Ward and are members of Big Canoe, the community garden project that Paul helped organize. Paul is quietly inspirational, and his humility allows others to work together to make big ideas like the Ragtag Cinemacafe and the True/False Film Festival happen in Columbia.

Paul has forged collaborations with local businesses and inspired the growth of downtown Columbia. He has creative ideas that work for our city. As a City Council candidate for the First Ward, Paul Sturtz could truly make more positive changes for our city and encourage growth in a direction that looks outside the models of St. Louis and Kansas City and toward the potential of this diverse, intelligent and creative community.

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Mark Foecking March 20, 2008 | 9:32 a.m.

He could make positive changes, no doubt. What he has to do is convince the bloc of voters, that will likely return Almeta Crayton to the council, that he will be as accessible TO THEM, and as understanding of their lives, as Crayton is. Some time out in the ward, at Douglass Park on a Sunday afternoon, and perhaps some meeting time after services Sunday at some of the big churches here would bolster his chances immeasurably.


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