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Springfield Re-elects Mayor, Chooses Council and School Board Seats

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Mayor Bob Stephens during Thursday's State of the City Address/Credit: Christopher Akins - City of Springfield

While a large focus for Springfield voters was on Question 1, citizens also re-elected Mayor Bob Stephens on Tuesday night, and welcomed four new members to City Council.

Stephens, who has been mayor since 2012, defeated challenger Steven Reed with 64 percent of the vote.

He’ll be accompanied by newcomers Mike Schilling for Zone 3, Justin Burnett for Zone 2, Kristi Fulnecky for General Seat C, and Ken McClure for General Seat D.

Schilling defeated the only incumbent council member on the ballot, Jerry Compton, who had recently been appointed Mayor Pro Tem, with 56 percent of the vote.

Burnett emerged from a field of three candidates in the Zone 2 race, winning with 39 percent over Buck Van Hooser's and Josh Mareschal, at 33 and 28 percent apiece.

65 percent of voters in the General Seat C race selected Kristy Fulnecky over Len Eagleburger.

Ken McClure was unopposed for General Seat D.

For the Springfield Public Schools Board of Education, voters brought back Bruce Renner, the only incumbent in the field of five, for another term. He’ll be joined by Francine Pratt and Jill Patterson, who each received at least 20 percent of the vote. Patty Ingold and Swayne Loftis, the other two candidates on the school board ballot, received 17 and 13 percent of the vote, respectively.

In the more publicized question of the night, voters narrowly repealed the city’s expanded non-discrimination ordinance, which offered protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. See our recaps of the Question 1 results from groups seeking to repeal and to uphold the measure.

Over 23 percent of Greene County voters turned out for the election, the highest since at least 2001, the earliest year available through the county clerk’s office website.  

View other results from throughout Greene County here.

Scott joined KSMU in November 2012. He had previously served five years as news director for KETR-FM, the public radio station in Commerce, Texas. A graduate of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Scott enjoys producing human-interest stories, among other pieces that educate and engage the community. When not at work, he’s often taking part in outdoor activities, exploring new areas and restaurants, or staying up-to-date with the latest news and information. Scott was born and raised in Shenandoah, Iowa.
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