Mary Supple, our At-Large Council Member, is a candidate for Richfield Mayor. She is optimistic about our city’s future and wants to hear residents’ ideas of their dreams for Richfield.
Mary grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. She comes from a family of six kids where she learned how to negotiate. That skill has served her well in later years!
Mary taught in the Richfield Public Schools for over thirty years. Most of that time was spent with sixth graders teaching math, science, or social studies. There were multiple trips to environmental learning centers with the fun of high ropes courses and even sleeping in a snow cave. There were also many fun times with students at our beloved Wood Lake Nature Center.
Mary was elected President of Education Richfield around the time the two statewide unions were merging. She brought together her colleagues from both of the local affiliates to form Education Richfield. She also served as Education Richfield’s chief negotiator. Those negotiation skills have helped in her role on the City Council as she listens to a variety of viewpoints before making a decision. Mary was elected to the National Education Association Board of Directors and as a trustee of the Minnesota Teachers Retirement Association. Through this service, Mary developed skills in understanding large budgets, how different levels of government interact, and how to maintain organizational health through risk assessment and long-term planning.
Mary and her husband, Mike, live on the east side of Richfield and enjoy gardening in their backyard. Mike loves creating meals from the produce, and Mary enjoys eating them! They also enjoy traveling to visit family in Wisconsin and visiting historical sites in Minnesota. Mary and Mike are members of the Historical Society here in Richfield as well.
Currently, Mary is the Richfield City Council At-Large Member representing all of Richfield. She also chairs the Housing and Redevelopment Authority and the Economic Development Authority. She has worked closely with several city commissions over the years and currently is the liaison to the Arts Commission and the Friendship City Commission. Mary has been a strong advocate for affordable housing and public art as she works with fellow residents in supporting our community.
Finally, Mary has been active with the Richfield League of Women Voters. She appreciates the strong mentors she met there and hopes to carry on their traditions of civic leadership.
To volunteer or chat with Mary, contact: email@example.com, 612-281-7482