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Posted on: April 2, 2019

Mayor Ken McClure thanks citizens, offers congratulations to returning and new Council members

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure and four City Councilmen will retain their seats following today’s election, and one new member will replace outgoing Zone 2 Councilman Tom Prater.

Those maintaining their seats include: Andrew Lear, General Seat C; Richard Ollis, General Seat D;  Mike Schilling, Zone 3; and Matt Simpson, Zone 4.  Abe McGull was elected as Zone 2 Councilman, filling the seat vacated by Tom Prater. The Mayor is elected to a two-year term, while council seats are four-year terms.

“I would like to thank all candidates who ran for office, and congratulate Councilmen Andy Lear, Mike Schilling, Matt Simpson and Richard Ollis on successful campaigns, and officially welcome Abe McGull to City Council. We are very pleased to have him join the team,” said Mayor McClure.

“My sincere gratitude goes out to Tom Prater for his service to both Council and the community. He has been a valued voice on City Council and we appreciate his work.”

The City’s ¼-cent capital improvement sales tax was renewed, with 77.4% voting to support the 30-plus-year program.

“I thank the community for once again supporting this effort and pledge the City’s continued commitment to fulfilling its promises to our citizens,” McClure said.

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