Phyllis Ferguson

Springfield’s Zone 1 candidates shared their vision for the city’s north side Thursday while offering opinions ranging from repercussions for the police chief to the future of the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge. 

Incumbent Phyllis Ferguson and challenger Thomas Quinn took questions for an hour Thursday before some 50 attendees at the Library Station. The forum was arranged by the Springfield News-Leader, which began the event with a series of questions before lending way to citizen queries.

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City of Springfield Zone 1 Council Person Phyllis Ferguson has a long history of community involvement. Even before her appointment to City Council in April 2015, Ferguson had a reputation as a tireless advocate for the 40,000 residents of Springfield’s northwest quadrant.

“I think people have to understand, there are very deep roots in northwest Springfield.  We have really wonderful homes there, we have great parks and strong neighborhoods.  We don’t have a lot of traffic, and I think those are assets people forget,” she said.

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No longer will use of public transportation for hours be the best way some Springfield citizens access job placement services.

City officials on Monday formally unveiled its new job center location inside Cox North. The 1,900 square foot space solves an issue of access, according to Springfield Workforce Development Director Mary Ann Rojas.

“Individuals that required public transportation to get to our facility on Sunshine Avenue had to take up to two hours to get there using public transportation,” she said.

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  Community members from each of Springfield’s Zone 1 neighborhoods had the opportunity to hear about various project ideas to improve the northwest quadrant at the Zone 1 Connect event on Saturday morning. However, it was also an opportunity to ask questions, share more ideas, consult maps, make priorities and scribble down notes.

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Phyllis Ferguson has been chosen to serve on the Zone 1 seat for Springfield City Council. The decision came following a special council meeting Tuesday in which Ferguson, along with four other applicants, were interviewed.

Ferguson, a Springfield resident for 38 years, is the CEO and treasurer for Mexican Villa Food Products, Inc. She had previously worked for Mercy and Heer’s department store.