When I heard Susan Hairston was running for the at-large spot on our city council, I was thrilled. I've known Susan for almost two decades, on a personal level as neighbors, as Washington School moms, and as fellow parents cheering from the basketball sidelines while our daughters played for a team our two husbands coached. More importantly, I was also able to observe her work on the Board of Ed, as my time on the SEF and Rec Boards overlapped her time there. She's smart, friendly, thoughtful, and willing to collaborate--all valuable traits for a city council person and traits that all four of the Democratic candidates have. While I haven't known the rest of the slate as long as I've known Susan, I can say with confidence that Summit is lucky it has the opportunity to elect both Susan and the three other accomplished people on the Democratic slate.