SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — In less than two weeks Springfield voters will choose a new mayor. The race is between council members Ken McClure and Kristi Fulnecky.
McClure, who is now mayor pro tem, has been a member of Council since 2015 and says it has been an opportunity to give back to the community where he grew up in.
“Springfield raised me,” he said. “It taught me my values.”
Born and raised in the Queen City, McClure went to Rountree, Jarrett and Parkview.
“My family goes back to Springfield to before the Civil War, I am a fifth generation. And generation 6 and 7 also live here,” said McClure.
His mother taught at Parkview High School for 27 years. His father was a small business owner.
“I worked for him in the summers during the high school years on the delivery truck installing Maytag washers and dryers,” he said.
McClure went to what was then Southwest Missouri State University and then to the University of Missouri. He then moved on to hold several positions in Jefferson City before coming back to Springfield to work at CU and then at MSU from where he retired two years ago. He then joined City Council.
“And the opportunity to serve, particularly now that I am retired, presented itself, and I am delighted to have that opportunity to give back to the community,”
McClure was married for 36 years.
“My wife passed away six years ago,” he said. “Right now, she is probably pretty proud, but she’s probably thinking “Are you crazy?’,”
He has four grandchildren and two daughters. His hobbies – watching the Springfield Cardinals and playing music.
“I play the trombone and have done that for 40 years and I still play, that’s important to me,”
An avid reader, McClure is also writing books as a hobby.
“And that’s a very very good stress reliever for me,” he said.
McClure says both his life and professional experiences have prepared him well to lead the City of Springfield.
“Servant leadership has always been a big part of me. Being a servant to others is actually the best form of being a leader,” he said.
McClure says his priorities among other things would be transportation and resolving the jail situation and investing in public safety by increasing the operating budget for police and fire. And in economic development by creating a partnership between the city’s educational institutions to train potential employees for new jobs.
Thursday, we will hear from his opponent Kristy Fulnecky on KOLR 10 News at 9 and 10.