Springfield City Council

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There’s still time—though not a lot—for anyone interested in running for Springfield City Council to gather signatures and submit a petition and application.  The deadline is January 20th.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky sat down with current Springfield City Council member, Doug Burlison, to find out what it’s like to serve on council and to get advice for those thinking about running.

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Running for office can be a bit daunting, especially if you’ve never done it before.  But potential Springfield City Council candidates can get help tomorrow (12/6) from current council member, Doug Burlison.  He plans to hold an informal Q & A session for anyone planning to try for a seat on council in the April municipal election.  Burlison does not plan to run for re-election.

The session is set for 2:30 to 4:30 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library.

So far, four people have turned in their applications.  Len Eagleburger and Kristi Fulnecky will run for Council Seat C, Bob Stephens will run to keep his mayoral seat and Justin Burnett and Buckley Van Hooser will try for the Zone Two council seat.  According to Springfield city clerk, Brenda Cirtin, all of them except Burnett have been certified. 

Filing opened December 2nd for five open council seats:  mayor, General Seats C and D and Zones 2 and 3.

The deadline for submitting an application to the city clerk’s office is January 20, 2015.


Three candidates for Springfield City Council have been certified by the city clerk’s office.  Buckley “Buck” Van Hooser will run for Springfield City Council Zone 2, Bob Stephens will run again for mayor and Kristi Fulnecky will try for General Seat C.

Filing for five open city council seats began Tuesday.

Council seats on the April ballot are:  mayor (Bob Stephens), General Seat C (Doug Burlison), General Seat D (Mike Carroll), Zone 2 (Cindy Rushefsky) and Zone 3 (Jerry Compton).

City clerk, Brenda Cirtin, says council elections are held every other year.

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A special ordinance that would send to the voters the question of whether or not to repeal the recently-passed non-discrimination ordinance has been tabled for 30 days.  Councilwoman Cindy Rushefsky made the motion to table the measure at the Springfield City Council meeting Monday night.  The motion passed six to three.

The decision means the issue will go to the voters in April.  Until then, the protections have been put on hold.


The Springfield City Clerk has certified a referendum petition opposing the October 13th decision to amend the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance.

City Clerk Certifies Referendum Petition

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Springfield City Clerk has certified a referendum petition opposing the Oct. 13 decision to amend the City’s nondiscrimination ordinance.

The issue now goes back to City Council, likely at the Nov. 24 meeting, where City Council has three options: repeal the ordinance, send it to voters, or take no action. If no action is taken within 30 days of the petition being certified, City Charter dictates it automatically goes to the voters. If it goes to the voters, the amendment would be put on hold until the next general municipal election in April 2015.

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Springfield City Council approved an ordinance allowing deer hunting with bows and arrows under limited circumstances at its meeting Monday night.  The ordinance restricts hunting within the city limits to two-acre tracts. Hunting has to be done from an elevated position of ten feet, and hunters have to get permission from the property owner. They also are required to take an approved training course.

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We’ve probably all driven by someone sitting by the back of a vehicle in a Springfield parking lot with puppies or kittens for sale nearby in cages or boxes.  After tonight, that might no longer be allowed.  Springfield City Council could vote on an ordinance that would prohibit the roadside sale of animals.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

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Springfield City Council could vote tonight on a measure that would allow urban deer hunting in the city with bows and arrows under limited circumstances.  According to City of Springfield spokesperson Cora Scott, limitations would restrict hunting within the city limits to two-acre tracts. Hunting would have to be done from an elevated position of ten feet, and hunters would have to get permission from the property owner.  They also would be required to take an approved training course.

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Citizens seeking to put a controversial Springfield ordinance to a public vote are continuing circulation of a petition, a week after the city council amended its non-discrimination law. KSMU’s Bailey Wiles has the latest.

Shortly after Springfield City Council approved the stronger of two proposed amendments enhancing protections for LGBT persons, Dicky Hardy set out to repeal it.

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If you’re interested in running for Springfield City Council, you may pick up an application and petition for filing today.  The election will be held in April, 2015.

Information for filing will be available online and at the City Clerk’s office beginning at 8 this morning, but you need to pick up petitions for filing in person.

These seats are up for election:

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Those who fought for a non-discrimination ordinance to protect the rights of the LGBT community in Springfield are happy their efforts  paid off.  City Council passed the stronger of two ordinances before it Monday night.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

City Council passed the bill on a vote of six to three.  It expands protections in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations.


Springfield City Council voted six to three Monday night to expand protections to the LGBT community with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations.

The passing of the original bill automatically voided the substitute bill sponsored by Mayor Bob Stephens, which only offered housing protections. 


Springfield City Council could vote tonight on a non-discrimination ordinance expanding protections to the LGBT community.  Two bills will be up for consideration at the meeting. The stronger of the two would expand sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations.

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The superintendent of the Assemblies of God is speaking out about the non-discrimination ordinance that Springfield City Council is scheduled to vote on Monday night.