Firefighters Endorse Wissing in Seminole Council Race
By ANNE LINDBERG, TB Reporter
The fire union also wrote a letter of support for the reelection of Council Member Trish Springer.
SEMINOLE – Firefighters have endorsed political newcomer Kelly Wissing for the Seminole City Council.
The International Association of Firefighters, Local 2896, also wrote a letter of “support” for incumbent Trish Springer.
In the endorsement for Wissing, firefighters noted her love for the city and her promise to “be a voice for the people and a true representative of her neighbors.”
“The Seminole Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 2896 are extremely proud to endorse Mrs. Kelly Wissing for City of Seminole City Council.
“Mrs. Wissing was born and raised in the City of Seminole and now is raising her own family within Seminole’s borders. We were overwhelmed by her love for the City of Seminole residents, our community and the city’s employees. She has made a promise to be a voice for the people and to be a true representative of her neighbors. Mrs. Wissing understands how a strong, safe and prosperous city is built on a foundation built of integrity, trust, loyalty, relationships and humility. She has a strong plan in place to strengthen our great community and to assure it marches towards prosperity.
“We hope that you will join us in supporting and ultimately electing Mrs. Kelly Wissing to the Seminole City Council.”
Although the union did not endorse Springer, the group said they support her because she “acts with integrity and makes solid decisions.”
The letter of support:
“The Seminole Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 2896 are announcing its support of Councilor Trish Springer for reelection to the City of Seminole City Council.
“Councilor Springer has served one term on the council and has been active in our community. We believe that given facts, Councilor Springer acts with integrity and makes solid decisions. It is evident that Councilor Springer has a deep-rooted love for the community she serves and the folks who serve that same community.
“We hope you will join us in supporting the reelection of Councilor Springer to the City of Seminole City Council.”
Wissing and Springer are two of the five candidates running for two open seats on the Seminole City Council. The others are current Council Member Chris Burke, former Council Member Dan Hester, and another political newcomer, Thomas Marrah. The two top votegetters will take office in the Nov. 6 nonpartisan election. (For related Seminole election stories, click here and here.)
The firefighters’ endorsement comes at a time when there tension between the city and the union. The union has declared impasse in contract negotiations over issues including wages, overtime, sick leave, vacation leave and pension. (For related story, click here.)
For information about Wissing, go to facebook.com.
For information about Springer, go to myseminole.com.
Photo shows Kelly Wissing, left, and Trish Springer.
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