Springfield Neighborhood Advisory Council Hosts Municipal Candidate Forums

Have questions for candidates running for seats up for grabs in the April 2 election? Get them answered at candidate forums organized by the Neighborhood Advisory Council.

Amos Bridges, investigative editor at the News-Leader, will moderate discussions with all candidates at each of the two forums. Candidates will be asked questions randomly drawn from a pool of questions submitted prior to the events. To ensure candid responses, the candidates will have no prior knowledge of the questions. The events will also feature a breakout session for candidates vying for the Zone 3 seat and the opportunity for voters to meet the candidates and ask questions of their own.

Details are:

  • March 10: 2-5 p.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 3555 S. Fremont Ave.
  • March 17: 2-5 p.m., Drury University’s Findlay Student Center, 900 N. Benton Ave.

Candidates scheduled to appear:

  • Zone 2: Abe McGull
  • Zone 3: Noah Snelson and Mike Schilling
  • Zone 4: Matthew Simpson
  • General C: Andrew Lear, Jaye Owens and Amy Champlin
  • General D: Richard Ollis

Voters also will have the opportunity to meet candidates for the Springfield R-12 Board of Education at a forum sponsored by the NAC in conjunction with the League of Women Voters. That forum will be at 4 p.m. at the March 17 event. Candidates Alina Lehnert, Charles Taylor and Shurita Thomas-Tate will participate in the moderated forum.

About the NAC: The Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) is an advisory board created to increase communication between organized neighborhood associations, City Council and City staff. The NAC also focuses on issues common to all neighborhoods in the City. The NAC has championed the cause of reducing chronic nuisances and crime and increasing neighborhood solidarity. For more information about the NAC, go to springfieldmo.gov/2666/Neighborhood-Advisory-Council.

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