April 2017 Municipal Election

City of Springfiefld

Ken McClure is officially Springfield mayor, having been sworn in shortly after noon Tuesday. It came a week after defeating fellow councilwoman Kristi Fulnecky.

The two shared a hug after McClure took the oath of office, and before he took his seat at the dais. Then, making his first statement as mayor, McClure said council is poised to move the city in the right direction and in the right way.

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Willard voters approved a $19,500,000 bond issue to build a new intermediate school, replace the aging high school track and make other school improvements.  Nearly 73 percent of those who cast ballots said yes to the issue.

Voters in Republic said yes to a $5 million bond issue to build an activities facility at the high school.

In Fair Grove, voters overwhelmingly approved a measure that allows the Fair Grove School District to eliminate the reduction in its operating levy to pay for things like school repairs and school buses.

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While it appears the measure won the popular vote, Proposition SPS did not pass after failing to receive the required four-sevenths majority Tuesday.

Springfield Public Schools was seeking approval of a $189 million bond to move forward with phase 1 of its Facility Master Plan. But needing 57.1 percent to pass, the measure fell more than 6 points short. With 97 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday, only 50.99 percent of voters had said “yes” to the proposal.

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Ken McClure says he’s looking forward to working with his fellow council members and their collective constituents after winning the race for Springfield mayor Tuesday.

With 97 percent of precincts reporting as of early Wednesday, McClure held a 35 point lead over his opponent, Kristi Fulnecky. The two general seat incumbents both came to City Council in 2015. McClure says the first thing he’ll be focusing on as mayor is filling the vacancy created by his victory.

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Local election officials are informing voters that Missouri’s new voter ID law does not apply to this Tuesday’s municipal elections.

The voter identification law approved last November goes into effect June 1.