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City Council Candidate Packets Available for Pick Up

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Information packets are now available for anyone interested in running for Springfield City Council on the April 4, 2017 municipal election ballot.

You can pick up packets and petitions for signatures from the city clerk’s office on the fourth floor of the Busch Municipal Building, 840 Boonville.  You can download them here, but petitions must be picked up in person.

The clerk’s office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The candidate filing period begins at 8 a.m. December 5 and ends at 5 p.m. on January 17.

Open Seats
• Mayor (currently occupied by Bob Stephens)
• General A (currently occupied by Jan Fisk)
• General B (currently occupied by Craig Hosmer)
• Zone 1 (currently occupied by Phyllis Ferguson)
• Zone 2 (currently occupied by Dr. Tom Prater, who was selected by Council in September to fill the seat vacated by Justin Burnett)
• Zone 4 (currently occupied by Craig Fishel).

Important Dates
• Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 (8 a.m.) – Filing begins
• Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 (5 p.m.) – Filing ends
• Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 – Ballot certified to Greene County
• Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – Election.

Qualifications
• Must be a registered voter in the city of Springfield
• Must have been a resident of the city of Springfield for at least two years
• If running for a Zone Council seat, in addition to the two years residency in the city limits, must have lived in the respective zone for one year immediately preceding election.
• Must not be disqualified under RsMO 115.306.1 (federal or felony conviction)
• Must not be disqualified under RsMO 115.306.2 (1) (delinquent taxes)
• Must have completed and filed form 5120 per RsMO 115.306.2 (2).

Petitions
• Mayor - Clerk’s office must certify the signatures of 200 registered voters in the city limits of Springfield.
• General C – Clerk’s office must certify the signatures of 200 registered voters in the city limits of Springfield.
• General D – Clerk’s office must certify the signatures of 200 registered voters in the city limits of Springfield.
• Zone 1 – Clerk’s office must certify the signatures of 100 registered voters in Zone 1.
• Zone 2 – Clerk’s office must certify the signatures of 100 registered voters in Zone 2.
• Zone 4 – Clerk’s office must certify the signatures of 100 registered voters in Zone 4.