Long before Barbara Hoppe was elected to the City Council everyone in Columbia had been benefiting from her hard work, community involvement and insightful leadership. In brief, Barbara was an instrumental and creative driving force behind Stephens Park, a jewel of this community that was widely enjoyed by residents as well as visitors to Columbia. Now, Barbara stands for a healthy balance for development through city and county coordination. She works every day to increase citizen awareness of citywide issues by empowering neighborhoods and encouraging debate on any policy that would affect them. Improving storm water ordinances to meet federal guidelines is a goal that she maintains and works to facilitate. And she supports the streamlining of the city permit process that would benefit developers by saving both time and money.
Several years ago I worked alongside Barbara on the Philips Farm zoning and annexation proposals in the area that is now known as Bristol Lake and Discovery Parkway with a new interchange at Gans Road. Our shared goal was to ensure good stewardship of the land in regard to its natural assets. During this period, I became convinced that Barbara would be an ideal person for the City Council to represent not only her ward but the greater Columbia community as well. Barbara raises questions, encourages engagement through debate and always looks for the best overall solution to each proposal brought to the council. These qualities are exactly what we need in a community leader. Each vote for Barbara for the Sixth Ward represents an intelligent voice for improvement for all of Columbia.