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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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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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Springfield citizens are invited to an informational open house tonight concerning the widening of Republic Road.

This is the third phase of the project, which extends the road to five lanes from just west of Parkcrest Avenue to Fairview Avenue. It will include the addition of bike lanes, sidewalks, stormwater infrastructure, gas and water utility renewals, and a new traffic signal at Broadway Avenue and Republic Road.

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A new program in Springfield aims to provide light labor day jobs, long-term employment opportunities or other assistance to panhandlers and reduce their reliance on seeking donations at busy intersections.  

The “Wheels to Work” initiative, announced Tuesday, is the result of months of discussions between the city and local organizations.

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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.

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