SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Springfield City Clerk Anita Cotter on Friday certified 13 applicants to be included on the ballot for the election on Tuesday, April 4.
Five City Council Seats and the office of Mayor are open this cycle. Zone 2 Councilman Tom Prater must run for his seat, following an appointment last September. The Zone 2 seat was vacated after former Councilman Justin Burnett resigned.
The following is a list of council seats up for re-election and their contenders:
(Incumbent Bob Stephens chose not to run again.)
General Seat A
Jan Fisk (incumbent)
General Seat B
Craig Hosmer (incumbent)
Phyllis Ferguson (incumbent)
Tom Prater (incumbent)
Craig Fishel (incumbent)
Since both mayoral candidates hold unexpired City Council seats, whichever candidate is successful will vacate a seat upon becoming mayor. This vacancy – in either General Seat C or D – likely will be filled through an appointment process in the same manner as previous vacancies were filled. This process is outlined in section 2.5 of the City Charter.
The City likely will accept applications sometime in April for that vacant seat. The appointed council member would serve until the regular April 2019 election.