Long-time Lee’s Summit resident Craig Faith has announced his candidacy for the second district chair of the Lee’s Summit City Council, a position being vacated by Councilman Brian Whitley.
Born and raised in Missouri, Faith has earned multiple emergency services/public safety certifications. He has more than 30 years of experience in the public safety sector and currently is the director of public safety at John Knox Village, a continuing care retirement community. Throughout his career, Faith has balanced and outperformed both corporate and government budgets, implemented highly successful community programs, chaired effective bi-partisan committees, assisted in writing legislation that benefits emergency services professionals and more.
"Successful legislative advocacy at the local, state and federal levels of government has taught me how government works, but more importantly, it has taught me that the voices, visions and concerns of the people are the most important," Faith said. "I am your neighbor and your friend, but more importantly, your voice."
Faith also is involved in a variety of civic committees. He is chair of the Lee’s Summit Livable Streets Advisory Board and co-chair of the Lee’s Summit 360 Local Government KPA. He serves on the Lee’s Summit 360 Implementation Committee, Missouri EMS Regional Committee and more. He also is a graduate of the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lee’s Summit and the Lee’s Summit Citizen’s Leadership Academy. Faith has been involved in a number of strategic planning initiatives, including statewide emergency planning and equipment distribution; local emergency shelter and point of distribution (POD) planning and coordination; and accessibility analysis for seniors and others with mobility challenges.
Drawing on his extensive service experience and background, Faith said there are a variety of issues that he plans to focus on that will help the continued progress of the city of Lee’s Summit. A deep believer in fiscal responsibility, Faith said the district will benefit from continued economic development, public safety expansion, storm water improvements, streets and highways enhancement, support of arts and culture, and more.
"District Two is unique in that it is so large and has such a variety of constituents, including homeowners and local and national businesses, all with different needs and outcomes," Faith said. "I am fortunate in that I have had a lot of experience in creating relationships and building bridges between opposite opinions, which enables me to get the results we need to get the job done. We have to tear down silos and set aside personal agendas."
"Our very own Harry Truman once said, ‘It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.’ I take this advice to heart with everything that I do," he continued. "I’m not out there for me, but for the people I serve, whether that is the residents and associates of John Knox Village or the citizens of Lee’s Summit and surrounding communities or our public safety heroes who put their lives on the line every day."
As a firefighter, paramedic, law enforcement officer, state inspector/investigator, emergency manager and director of public safety Faith has faced and overcome challenges consisting of both natural and man-made threats. He has been awarded a number of industry awards for his leadership and innovations, including the Jerry Love Leadership Award, the Star of Life award and other industry recognitions.
Faith moved to Lee’s Summit in November 2005 when he joined the continuing care retirement community John Knox Village as a leader in the public safety department. Faith and his wife, Myra, together have seven children and two grandchildren. When not working or volunteering, Craig loves to fish and spend time with his family and friends.
The election is Tuesday, April 8, 2014. For more information about Craig, visit www.citizensforcraig.org or e-mail email@example.com.