Candidate Qualifications for Springfield City Commission May Change

SPRINGFIELD - If you're planning to run for Springfield city commission next year, there may be a few changes coming that affect how you can run for office.

Commissioners want to give potential candidates the choice of either paying the candidate qualifying fee of about 900 dollars, or collect 50 petition signatures from Springfield registered voters.

The current ordinance says candidates have to pay the fee and collect petition signatures from a certain number of registered voters from the ward they wish to represent. Commissioners say the change gives more people the opportunity to run.

"To me, anybody in our city, whether they're rich or not, should be able to run for office and this makes an easier step for them to be able to do that," said Ralph Hammond, Mayor of Springfield.

Commissioners will vote on the proposal once they receive the final proposed ordinance. They're expected to make a decision about it in January.

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