To the editor:


I write this letter to join others in the community to support the candidacy of Mike Griswold to represent Leavenworth in the state Legislature for the 41st District.


Mike has the essential attributes to thoughtfully consider the many complex issues that confront the state of Kansas to support legislation that best serves our community and the state. His positive experiences at various local government levels provide him with a unique insight into the effective use of taxpayer funds to meet the needs of the city and each community organization, therefore using tax revenues efficiently.


Mike is a problem solver, not a problem creator, desperately needed at all levels of government. He is not an ideologue who already has all the solutions before understanding the issues. He will have a short learning curve to becoming an effective legislator. Most importantly, Mike is a good listener, enabling him to digest and understand the expressed concerns throughout the community regardless of party affiliation.


Mike has the leadership skills, as reflected in his 30 years of successful military service and a second career as a program manager in the defense contracting field. He has also been an effective leader in the civic sector, serving for the past 11 years as president of USD 207, the Fort Leavenworth public school system, and since 2018 as an elected city commissioner in Leavenworth. As the mayor of Leavenworth in 2020 he has led from the front, keeping the city on track and moving forward despite the COVID-19 health crisis.


Mike is a dedicated public servant and tremendous community resource that we should highly value by electing him as the state representative for the 41st District. The Leavenworth community could do no better.