Voters elect McClure as Springfield mayor by large margin

Ken McClure (right) talks to a supporter Tuesday after his election as Springfield mayor.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Ken McClure will be sworn in next week as the new mayor of Springfield.

McClure, the council mayor pro tem scored a huge majority in Tuesday's election over fellow council member Kristi Fulnecky. With more than 96 percent of the votes counted, McClure polled almost 68 percent to Fulnecky's 32 percent. McClure's 14,000 votes more than doubled Fulnecky's count.

The race was one of the most expensive in Springfield history with both candidates raising more than $130,000 each. Fulnecky used ads that attacked McClure as being part of the establishment.

Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller said late Tuesday that the only votes remaining to be counted were from the Rountree area, and votes cast by military members from around the world. The military votes will be counted Friday.

Scholler said it is very unlikely there are enough votes remaining to change any results.

Five incumbent members of city council also won new terms. Voters re-elected Jan Fisk and Craig Hosmer to their General Council Seats. Zone 1 council member Phyllis Ferguson was re-elected as were Tom Prater in Zone 2 and Craig Fishel in Zone 4.