This is one of the most important municipal elections in our recent history. It’s about a change in leadership. From my service as Chief of Staff to Governor Matt Blunt, to my appointment by Governor John Ashcroft as Chairman of the state Public Service Commission, I have the experience, mutual respect and relationships to restore civility and focus to council. Our citizens deserve nothing less.Read more
This is one of the most important municipal elections in our recent history. It’s about a change in leadership. I have the experience, mutual respect and relationships to restore civility and focus to council. Our citizens deserve nothing less.
How we conduct ourselves as leaders in this community, what the headlines say about us, not only affects the confidence of our citizens, it sends a strong message to those outside looking in -- most importantly job-creating businesses and skilled workers considering locating here. The competition for that economic opportunity is serious. We have to get this right.
I was blessed with a hardworking family that cemented my work ethic early in life as I helped my dad in his appliance store in downtown Springfield. I am proud of our City and proud of the opportunities I’ve had to contribute. One of the best moments of my career was when, serving as Chief of Staff to then Governor Matt Blunt, the legislature passed the Missouri State name change.
I have a lifetime of experience getting the job done and doing it the right way:
I have been a volunteer leader engaged for many years here in the non-profit and faith-based communities. I teach Sunday School at First Baptist Church and serve as a part-time church administrator. I am a current board member of the Foundation of the Council of Churches, which raises funds for the Council of Churches. I also served on the board of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks, including two years as president. I am a former member of the board of the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Foundation, including two years as president. I am a six year member of the board of the Springfield Symphony including two years as president. I sang bass for eight years in a mixed southern gospel quartet which sang throughout the Midwest in the 70's and 80's - this is where I met my wife. I have played the trombone since high school and play in a community band and quintet currently.
“I give Matt Blunt and Ken McClure all the credit in the world for the name change, I really do.” Jim Anderson, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce past president, Missouri State magazine, Summer 2015.
I am absolutely committed to prioritizing public safety funding so we can have fully staffed police and fire service for a community this size. This can be done in advance each year using a contingency budgeting process so that any additional funding is already designated for police, fire and emergency priorities. No more “carryover” funds uncertainty.
We must develop a strategic plan to pay for future public safety needs and make sure our police and fire departments will have the training and equipment they need to keep neighborhoods safe. That will take setting aside money each year for long-term funding. Even if we have to cut non-public safety programs, it’s worth it.
We must have more police officers but for that to make the right impact, we have to resolve the jail issue. I've worked hard to build trust with the County and facilitate understanding. Our efforts to combat domestic violence and target mental health needs will be far more successful if we coordinate with our partners at the County.
It's time to stop the infighting and conduct ourselves professionally. Competition for economic opportunity is fierce. To attract new jobs and talent, we have to send a strong message we are investing in core responsibilities like economic growth and public safety. As Mayor I will work with Council to laser focus our agenda and resources of the City on YOUR priorities.
Our coordinated efforts with K-12 and higher education are building the talent pipeline we must have to attract family-supporting jobs, develop the next wave of technology and encourage entrepreneurs to start up their new businesses. We are leading at the state level in our approach to bringing Uber to Springfield.
We must continue to listen and be accountable in our “completed as promised” transportation and capital improvement programs. I will lead to position Springfield as the strongest transportation hub in the region. This takes planning and being at the table at the state and federal levels. I have the relationships to get this done.
From the beginning, this campaign has been about the shared values that bring our community together. However, we need your help to make this mission a success. If you'd like to volunteer, please fill out this form.
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Citizens for Ken McClure
1736 E. Sunshine, Ste. 1011
Springfield, MO 65804