Springfield Mayor Ken McClure has not yet made an official public announcement, but a recently circulated fundraising letter indicates that he will be running for re-election in 2021.
McClure wrote in the letter that “our collective work for Springfield’s future is unfinished.”
McClure’s letter said that his 2019 term started with “promise and hope” as he tried to answer the business community’s requests for a “new blueprint” for city growth and development. He cited the ongoing Forward SGF process as having “unprecedented public engagement.”
He cited the addition of “Quality of Place” to the Council’s priorities as an accomplishment because it allowed the city focus on helping local businesses work to grow “quality jobs.” He said the upcoming Grant Avenue Parkway will help revitalize a part of the downtown area.
McClure also discussed the response to COVID-19, calling the actions he had to take “agonizing decisions that I never could have anticipated.”
“I have tremendous confidence in the collaborative decisions we have made,” McClure wrote. “We have saved lives. We have focused decision making on local needs, while also working with you to develop preparations for reopening and recovery.”
McClure also outlined other important issues to his campaign.
“As we look to the future, I remain committed to public safety, job creation, economic vitality, strong customer service, fiscal sustainability and quality of place,” McClure wrote. “These principles continue to guide me as we focus on economic recovery.”
Here is the letter:McClureAnnouncementLetter