Were you one of those who stood in the voting booth with no idea which local candidate to choose on the ballot? Even if you didn’t know then, it’s not too late to learn who our elected officials are now and what they do.
For example, Sue Anderson holds two elected positions – Mayor of Morrison and School Board member. Here’s a snapshot of Anderson.
Q: Briefly describe yourself.
A: I have lived in Morrison all my life and I’m a member of United Methodist Church in Morrison. I’ve worked with Ruritan over 27 years and worked at Oster for 47 years before I retired. My husband passed away in 2010 and we had been married since I got out of high school. I have one son Johnny Anderson and daughter-in-law Donna, two grandkids and my first great-grandbaby is on the way. They are all Christians and I am so blessed.
Q: What are your hobbies and interests?
A: Spending time with my family, going out to eat and traveling. I like going to flea markets and yard sales too. I also have a collection of 500 nutcrackers.
Q: For those who don’t know, what does a School Board member do?
A: I’m new, but the big thing I’ve found is listening to your people. A lot of people will call you with things you can’t change, but I listen. I answer what questions I can and if I don’t know, well, that’s what Bobby Cox is for.
Q: What’s it like being a School Board member? (Best part, worst part)
A: The best part is meeting the people and feeling like you are contributing to the community. The most challenging part is trying to make everyone happy because there is no way you can. A lot of people think we can change things about the school system that the state has set and we can’t.
Q: You’re also Mayor of Morrison. What are your day-to-day responsibilities for this position?
A: I’ve officially been the Mayor of Morrison since 2001. I have to make sure all the bills are paid, check our lights, and be there to answer questions for the community. We are getting ready to expand on the Fire Department and remodel City Hall.
Q: How do you balance your roles as both a School Board member and mayor? Is one more demanding than the other?
A: I have to prioritize what I do and I plan out what I need to do and when I need to do it. I believe being mayor is a little more demanding because I’m the one in charge whereas for the School Board, Bobby is in charge. Not saying being mayor is more important because it’s not … just as far as my role is concerned.
Q: What question do you get asked most as mayor and as a School Board member?
A: “When are you going to get a police station here?” and “What are you going to do to keep the kids safe?”
Q: How can someone get in touch with you?
A: You can call me at 931-635-2254 and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.