Springfield Election Guides

City of Springfield 2019 Municipal Candidate Filings

Editorial Board Interviews

State Journal-Register Editorial Board Interviews - Ward 1

State Journal-Register Editorial Board Interviews - Ward 2

State Journal-Register Editorial Board Interviews - Ward 4

State Journal-Register Editorial Board Interviews - Ward 5

State Journal-Register Editorial Board Interviews - Ward 6

State Journal-Register Editorial Board Interviews - Ward 7

State Journal-Register Editorial Board Interviews - Ward 8

State Journal-Register Editorial Board Interviews - Ward 10

Candidate Forums

Ward 1 - 5 Forum hosted by Springfield ICON

Video Courtesy of Springfield Daily

Ward 6 - 10 Forum hosted by Springfield ICON

Video Courtesy of Springfield Daily

Mayoral Race by the Numbers

Both 2019 candidates for Mayor of the City of Springfield were on the ballot for different citywide offices in 2015, which provides an opportunity to review where they may be competitive or in need of ground work to win this year.

Of note, incumbent Mayor Jim Langfelder received more votes in every ward and in nearly every precinct than his opponent, Frank Edwards. Although the city races are nonpartisan, both candidates may have been favored in 2015 by some similar voting groups with Democratic leanings; however, Mayor Langfelder also did well in Republican leaning wards that year so in this year's race, Ward 10's voting preferences may be an indicator of the final result. Wards 2, 6, and 9 will otherwise be where shifts in votes may be targeted, with Ward 2 and 6 having more room for new voters given their low turnout in 2015.

For those wanting to double check the above analysis and take a deeper dive, below is a breakdown of voter turnout for the 2015 mayoral and treasurer's race that included Jim Langfelder and Frank Edwards, respectively.

April 2015 Election Results.xlsx
(click here for mobile download of election results spreadsheet)
Notations explained:*2015 mayoral and treasurer races by ward and precinct*blue highlighted cells indicate precincts where Candidate Langfelder received 50 or more votes than Candidate Edwards in their respective races*green highlighted cells indicate precincts where Candidate Edwards received near the same or more votes than Candidate Langfelder in their respective races*red highlighted cells indicate top five precincts for voter turnout in each aldermanic ward race
Areas of the city covered by the various wards include the southeast side extending to around the lake (Ward 1), eastern portions of downtown extending to the east side (Ward 2), the east side (Ward 3), the north end to northeast edge of the city (Ward 4), downtown extending to the north end (Ward 5), the southwestern edge of downtown extending to the south side (Ward 6), the inner west side of the city (Ward 7), the inner northwest side of the city (Ward 8), the northwest edge of the city (Ward 9), and the west side extending to the south side of the city.