Mary Supple elected Richfield City Council member-at-large
Mary Supple has been elected Richfield City Council member-at-large following the Midterm Election held on November 6. In her race, she received 72.18 percent of the votes cast.
She is filling the seat previously held by Michael Howard. Supple’s term will run through 2022.
Supple has been a fixture of the Richfield community for more than 30 years as a teacher in the city’s public school system. She currently teaches sixth grade at the Richfield Middle School.
In fact, one of the reasons she decided to run for city council was to strengthen the relationship between city administration and its schools.
“One of my goals as a city council member is to help the city and the schools to work together,” explained Supple. “When the schools succeed the city succeeds and when the city succeeds the schools succeed. We are both in it for the greater good.”
Supple’s election to the city council furthers her previous involvement in Richfield’s government.
She previously served on the city’s Friendship City Commission and is the current chair of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA), as well as the Economic Development Authority.
Her work on the HRA has led to the continuation of popular housing programs, such as the Transformation Home Loan Program, the Richfield Rediscovered initiative and the newly created First-Time Homebuyer Home Loan program aimed at assisting Richfield renters in becoming homeowners.
“Throughout my time on the HRA, we have worked to preserve affordability and accessibility in the city’s housing stock,” said Supple. “It has also taught me that when faced with a complex issue it is important to obtain as many viewpoints as possible before making a final decision.”
Supple’s vision for Richfield’s future is rooted in her first experiences after moving to the city.
“When my family was thinking about moving to Richfield, everyone told us that is was such a warm and welcoming place. The city still fits that description. I want to make sure that Richfield continues to be open and inclusive for all residents,” remarked Supple. “I would also like to work to make sure that a child growing up in Richfield has the opportunity to stay here from when they are born through retirement because the city is home to the necessary housing options for them.”
Supple will be sworn in January 8, 2019.
Residents interested in contacting councilmember-elect Supple can do so by emailing email@example.com.