Last Push In Springfield's Mayoral Race

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Less than 24 hours before thousands of constituents head to the polls to decide who Springfield's next mayor will be, work is still not done for both mayoral candidates.

One spent the day calling voters, the other attended a rally. And then, they headed to their last council meeting Monday night before the election.

"I feel great," said Kristi Fulnecky.

"I'm excited. I'm ready to get to work," said Ken McClure.

The last few months have kept them pretty busy working to reach out to voters.

"This is been quite a fight," said Fulnecky.

"It's been hard work, but that's what it's about," said McClure.

Last week both candidates attended forums.

"Well attended. And those are a chance for the voters to hear directly from the candidates, and that's always excellent," said McClure. 

Monday was their last push to get voters to the polls.

"I really feel like we have a lot of momentum," said Fulnecky. 

McClure spent the day making phone calls.

"Some people were surprised that the candidate was the one making the call and not a recording, so that was a good experience for me," he said.

And Fulnecky attended a rally in the afternoon.

"I feel like a have a strong grassroots base," she said.

During their campaigns, both candidates made their priority public safety -  promising to make Springfield a safer community and resolving the overcrowded jail situation. And they agree that the most rewarding part of campaigning has been getting to know the people they want to represent.

"My favorite about campaigning is talking to people because that's why we are here, is to serve them," Fulnecky said. 

"I've talked to literally hundreds of people, and listen to them, and I've learned so much," sid McClure. "I think I will be a better man because of it, and I will be a better mayor because of it."

With some time left before polls open, there's one last thing, they'd like to tell voters. 

"That's the most important thing is voting," Fulnecky said.

"That's the obligation and the privilege that we all have,"  McClure said.

Fulnecky is currently General Seat C and McClure is mayor pro tem and General Seat D. Whichever candidate loses will keep their seat on City Council. For the seat that opens up, Council will be taking applications and will select a replacement for the remaining two years. 

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