EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one in a series of stories profiling each of the nine Ashland city commission candidates
This won’t be Cheryl Spriggs’s first race as a city commission candidate.
The former city commissioner is excited to run for a potential fourth term. She was elected for the first time in 2008 and was the fifth woman to serve as an Ashland city commissioner. Spriggs moved to Ashland in 1981 and fell in love with the city. She looks forward to helping citizens and being a part of the change in downtown Ashland. If elected, Spriggs will focus on downtown revitalization and the needs of the citizens, she said.
“When you see people walking downtown it gives a certain energy and presence. It’s going to happen and we are going to be a part of making that happen,” Spriggs said.
Spriggs said having people downtown reenergizes a city.
“Downtown revitalization has to be a priority,” said Spriggs. “We have trembled on the edge of this for so long, and it’s time to make it happen. It really is. It will make such a difference in the downtown area.”
Spriggs is a former downtown business owner. She owned Miss GotRocks for 12 years. She said she wanted to be a part of bringing life to downtown Ashland.
Spriggs serves on the Ashland In Motion board and the American Electric Power Community Board. She is a Regent of the Poage chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution.
“You have to have it in your heart,” Spriggs said. “If you don’t have it in your heart, you won’t be a good commissioner. You have to love it and you have to love this city. You have to remember everything you do affects somebody.”
Spriggs is the fifth woman to be the governor of Rotary and loves to encourage women to push themselves and fill important roles within the community.
“I always like to show young women they can achieve things and do things and get out and make things happen,” Spriggs said. “I’m really about improving young women to do those things.”
Spriggs is an advocate of recycling, cycling pads and compositing.
“As a commissioner, I have more bosses than I’ve ever had because I work for the people,” said Spriggs. “The (people) are my boss. I always try to help people as much as I can. I still have that in my heart.”
Spriggs said the hardest part about being a city commissioner is knowing each decision she makes impacts everyone in the community.
“This is a huge responsibility because you make decisions that affect people’s live,” said Spriggs. “You have to do your homework and do (your) due diligence because you have to do what is fair and right for everybody.”
The primary election for city commission is on May 19.
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