LETTER: Barbara Hoppe's record shows her commitment to residents

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 | 9:43 a.m. CDT; updated 5:19 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Barbara Hoppe’s record of public service speaks for itself. There is no better candidate to represent Columbia’s Sixth Ward. She is a fair and pragmatic leader who is interested in finding the best solutions for the most people. Having Barbara on the City Council has, over the past three years, meant having someone that everyone can go to and voice their concerns. Not only are her constituent’s voices heard each weekend during her open office hours, but their concerns become the basis for her choices when she is called to make difficult decisions in the interest of all Columbians.

Barbara has devoted the majority of her life to being in service to others. She is at heart a true philanthropist, one who will get involved and lend a hand to those in need. She understands the importance of fairly representing all interests as it is her job to hire those who represent the indigent in courts of law. Her volunteer work as a councilwoman is another example of how she has gone above and beyond the call of duty as a citizen. Her job doesn’t end after the workday is over, and she knew that before she ran for Sixth Ward seat she would likely be reading herself to sleep trying to keep up with day to day events. And I can honestly report that as my councilwoman she has said, “Call me in the morning before work” to make sure that she is informed about something she has felt is in the best interest of the community. She doesn’t tire of doing the best she can for Columbia.

It is truly a rare thing to find someone who is sensitive to the needs of all involved. Before making any decisions about a particular issue she is careful to look at it from both sides because at times the answer is not to be found without great deliberation. Many of those who would like to return to business as usual development believe we need more “Fair and Balanced” (we hear a lot of this these days) representation. I wonder what they mean by fair and balanced. I say to them it was not Barbara Hoppe who stymied development in our community. Check out her voting record for yourself. As her Web site says she is not a “rubber stamp” for those who need support for their economic interests, but that is not that she simply says “no” without listening to reason. She is quite informed about what are currently considered to be the best practices regarding planning and zoning and has taken the time to learn what is possible throughout her time as Sixth Ward representative.

Don’t take it from me that she is worth bringing back for another term. I think that everyone who questions her leadership should go to her Web site and find out more about the issues she has voted for and against. So many of them have been in support of things that make our community a better place; in fact there have only been four tough decisions where she chose to withhold her vote. How can you be bad for development and economic growth if you have only voted against four issues? Truth be told she is fully in support of economic growth and development but not at the expense of our community. If you question whether this is the truth please look into it for yourself. A good place to start would be: If you have any more questions I’m sure that she would be willing to share some of her time.



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