Since 2008, Lisa Sulka has been the mayor and head cheerleader of Bluffton. Fueled by her everpresent coffee cup, her limitless energy has helped guide Bluffton through its explosive growth. Bluffton is now the state’s fifth-largest municipality and one of the fastest-growing towns in the Southeast. Despite the demands on her schedule, one resident describes Mayor Sulka’s leadership style as “wrapping her arms around the entire community.” As a strong advocate for Bluffton’s youth, she is often writing recommendations to colleges for students or cheering for them in their various sports, activities and career aspirations. Mayor Sulka is now leading the charge for a “hands-free” law to reduce distracting driving in South Carolina. Teaming up with the Lutzie 43 Foundation, which was founded after an Auburn football player lost his life from distracted driving, Sulka has adopted its mission as her own to reduce local vehicle accidents.
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