April 2017 Municipal Election

Below, check out our coverage of the candidates and issues on  municipal ballots in southwest Missouri.

The polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4. For local polling or ballot details, find your election authority here.

Don't know where to vote? Or have other voter-related questions? Click here.

For Greene County voters, find results on election night on the clerk's office website, Facebook, or on Twitter. We'll also be following results from other counties throughout the region.

Peter Batemon

This week on Making Democracy Work host Debbie Good speaks with Dr. John Jungmann, Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools, and Fred Ellison, Deputy Treasurer and Co-Founder of Save R-12 School Committee.

Listen in as Debbie speaks with both sides of this upcoming bond issue to get a comprehensive look at the issue. Both sides give their view on the bond issue to help inform voters for the upcoming election on April 4th.

Ryan Welch / KSMU

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.

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Scott Harvey / KSMU

Springfield’s City Council candidates for Zone 2 offered similar views on many issues such as the budget, economic development options and public safety resources during a forum Thursday.

Dr. Thomas Prater, Incumbent Zone 2 Councilman, is seeking to retain the seat he was appointed to in September 2016. He’s challenged by Helen Gunther. The event, held at Evangel University, marked the third of four town-hall style forums presented by the Springfield News-Leader this month.

Michele Skalicky

Zone 4 Springfield City Council Candidates discussed a variety of topics Tuesday before about 30 attendees at the Springfield Art Museum.  During the hour-long forum, hosted by the Springfield News-Leader, incumbent Craig Fishel and challenger Debra Brady addressed several issues, from public safety to economic development to the city's homeless problem. 

Zone 4 is located in southeast Springfield, bounded generally by Campbell on the west, Sunshine on the north, Blackman Rd. on the east and extending south to the city limits.

The election is Tuesday, April 4.

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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