Kristi Fulnecky

Jerry Cook
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Business and city leaders are among those supporting calls by President Donald Trump to ease the tax burden on the middle class.

Trump visited Springfield Wednesday to launch his tax reform proposal, speaking to roughly 1,500 inside Loren Cook Company, which makes ventilation equipment. The crowd consisted of invited employees and their families, as well as state and federal elected officials.

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.

Ken McClure
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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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From evaluating the city’s public safety needs and its court-tested policies to assessing their diplomatic abilities, to two candidates for Springfield mayor shared how they would govern if elected during a Thursday forum.

Kristi Fulnecky and Ken McClure, both general seat incumbents on the City Council, took questions before some 160 spectators at the Library Center.

Background

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Springfield’s Mayor Pro-Tem Ken McClure announced today his candidacy for mayor.

The announcement positions McClure against fellow Councilmember Kristi Fulnecky, who earlier this year said she’s running for mayor. Current Mayor Bob Stephens is not seeking re-election. 

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