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Springfield residents woke up Tuesday morning to a new mayor. Jim O'Neal took about 61 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election, defeating Christopher Donegan. O'Neal spoke to KSMU's Jennifer Moore about how he ran his campaign, and what his first priorities are as mayor.
O'Neal said he's ready to get started and put "the walk to the talk." He said he's already had a busy day, talking to local media, meeting with a local business, and will be speaking with the city staff and city manager later.
O'Neal says he will official take office at a City Council luncheon next Tuesday.
The new mayor says he believes his job is to provide a leadership role, and he intends to beginm by listening to City Council members, and to find common ground.
He added that he will be establishing a new website through which the citizens of Springfield can communicate with him.
For KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore.