A Candidate's Profile: Kristi Fulnecky

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A busy mom, small business owner, and attorney, Kristi Fulnecky says she wants to be a citizen mayor.

Raised in Springfield, the councilwoman says she wants to help build a better and safer city for her children and her community.

"I was born in Oklahoma in a Comanche Indian hospital," Fulnecky said. "I am a Comanche Indian."

Fulnecky moved to Springfield when she was only three years old. She attended college at the University of Missouri and went to law school in Washington, D.C., and Indiana. She worked as an attorney at the Department of the Interior before managing her own law firm. She is now a small business owner and attorney in Springfield. 

"I did move around a lot, but it was good," she said. "It was a good learning experience. I got  to meet people from different points of view and different backgrounds and I think that's helped me in my business to negotiate and on council and to work with people that have diverse views."

But before her career, she says there's one thing, or six, that come first.

"I have six children. Being a mom is definitely my most important job," she said.

She says she and her husband Eric, who's a physician at Mercy, stay busy with the kids and their activities, like the families she says she wants to represent.

"I feel like I am fighting for change," she said. "For those people who sit at the kitchen table thinking 'how am I going to pay my bills?'  How am I going to pay for food for my kids?'.'"

Since becoming a member of City Council in 2015, Fulnecky has stood alone on certain issues. Including voting "no" on the city's lawsuit against the County over the jail and on the repeal the city's panhandling ordinance.

"You really have to have courage to be the only vote," she said. "I don't mind that I am the only vote because I want to make the right decision for the people of Springfield," she said. 

She says it's standing up for what she believes in that will help her stand out in this election.

"I feel like I am a representative of the people and I am an agent for them," she said.  "I feel like this election is not about me, it's about the constituents,"

Priorities on Fulnecky's list are adding more police officers and increasing their pay, reducing regulations on small businesses, resolving the jail situation and reinstating the panhandling ordinance.

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