Maplewood Ward 1 Council Member Karen Wood — running for re-election in April — responded by email to 40 South to questions from a resident on her current position on LGBT issues. The question referred to the fact that in 2012 Wood voted against a bill that protects Maplewood citizens on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity.
Council member Wood’s response:
This is a response to a letter posted last night by 40 South News from Andrew Herbig.
Dear Mr. Herbig,
This is a response to your letter posted Friday evening by 40 South News regarding the gender identity Bill 5877.
In answer to your question, I am not personally aware of any unintended consequences that occurred as a result of how this ordinance was written and if I were to vote on it today I would vote in favor of it.
As your pointed out this was 7 years ago and I pride myself on the fact that I continue to learn and grow as I serve the residents of this community that I love.
Thanks for your letter allowing me to clear up any misunderstanding you may have had.
If you have any additional concerns or questions you can reach me at 314-647-1559 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Council member, Ward 1