Richfield City Council
Mary Supple: Longtime teacher, community leader
From the Minneapolis Labor Review, October 26, 2018
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
RICHFIELD — “When you give back, the community gets stronger and you get stronger,” says Mary Supple.
A longtime elementary teacher in the Richfield public schools, Supple is running for Richfield city council at large with the endorsement of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. She has also been endorsed by AFSCME Council 5, the Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council, and Richfield Firefighters Local 1215.
Supple currently chairs the Richfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority and serves as president of the Richfield Economic Development Authority.
Serving on the city council, Supple would focus on affordable housing, revitalizing older homes and apartments, and working to create community schools with supportive services.
“I believe in building partnerships and listening to all voices as we chart our course into the future,” she says. “When the city and schools work together, it strengthens both of them.”
Supple currently works at Richfield middle school as a sixth grade math teacher. She has worked for 30 years for the Richfield public schools. She’s been active in her union, Education Richfield, where she has served as president, governmental relations chair, and contract negotiator.
“Labor unions are so important because everybody’s working together and it builds community,” she says.
Supple grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater.
When she found a teaching job in Richfield, she and her husband moved there. “I loved it. We decided to stay. It’s a great community.”
Her husband, Mike Supple, is an AFSCME member and works at Hennepin Healthcare.
“I”m proud to be a union member and I hope everybody votes November 6 for union-endorsed candidates,” Supple says.