I’ve never lived anywhere in Springfield but in Zone 4 – the southeast quadrant of the city. I moved to Springfield with my family in 1959, and the first neighborhood I lived in was Southern Hills. It wasn’t even in the city at that time. We rode horses in the field where Glendale High School sits now. When Glendale was being built, I rode my skateboard through the empty halls. I’ve seen Springfield grow up around me, and I like to be involved.
Before first running for City Council in 2013, I served on various boards and commissions. When I decided to run for Council, it was because I had some concerns. I was one of those citizens who liked to complain.
So, I spoke up, and I don’t regret it. I’ve enjoyed every minute I’ve spent serving on City Council – so much so that I ran for and was elected for another four-year term in April. I’ve gotten to meet some incredible people, and it’s been a joy to see how this city is run. It’s awesome!
We’re always looking for qualified people to serve on City boards and commissions. Visit springfieldmo.gov/boards for a full list of open boards and commission seats.
I’d like to encourage you to get civically involved by applying to serve on a board or commission, forming or joining a Neighborhood Watch group, or by simply volunteering at a nonprofit. It might get you outside your comfort zone, but it will expand your worldview. It will make your city better, and it will make you better.