Springfield ICON PAC endorses the following candidates for Springfield, Illinois Municipal public office for the 2019 Consolidated General Election on April 2, 2019:
Ward 1: T. Ray McJunkins
… a founder of the Faith Coalition for the Common Good; familiar with older neighborhood issues; supports garbage reform …
Ward 2: Gail Simpson
… experienced long-time supporter of neighborhood issues, particularly related to problem properties; Gail has a vision for Springfield …
Ward 3: Alderwoman Doris Turner
… experienced; a record of supporting neighborhoods; sponsored the boarded and abandoned property ordinance; supports balanced development; 2016 winner of ICON Good Neighbor Award …
Ward 4: Alderman John Fulgenzi
… an ICON supporter on key votes with an independent perspective …
Ward 5: Alderman Andrew Proctor
… sponsored multiple ICON initiatives for responsible property ownership; supports garbage reform, a full-time City Planner, and infrastructure modernization …
Ward 5 – Andrew Proctor
Ward 6: Kristin DiCenso
… very responsive to constituent concerns; outstanding communication; works hard to support neighborhood associations; sponsored Welcoming City resolution …
Ward 7: Joe McMenamin
… proven record of support for ICON issues; embodies fiscal restraint, integrity and hard work; a well-researched, independent voter; supports increased transparency for housing violations and boarded properties; supports sewer infrastructure upgrades; ICON Good Neighbor Award 2017 …
Ward 8: Erin Conley
… founding member and president of Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association; an experienced and dedicated public servant, well-educated on issues; willing to reach out and listen to constituents; supports balanced development, diverse housing and improvements to garbage collection …
Ward 9: Jim Donelan
… understands older neighborhood issues; responsive to constituents; protective of citizen input; supports the Welcoming City resolution …
Ward 10: Robert Patino
… well-educated on issues, with a wide range of experience; willing to reach out and listen to constituents; creative economic development ideas; supports reasonable development …
Mayor: Jim Langfelder
… for his support for a new comprehensive plan for land use, which, if followed, would deliver the compact, contiguous smart growth that is essential to creating a stronger, healthier city …
City Clerk: Rianne Hawkins
… past experience in the City Clerk’s office; dedicated to transparency, better FOIA process, and technical improvements in providing information to constituents; history of ICON participation …
Treasurer: Misty Buscher
… strong banking background; a proven record of technical and fiscal improvements and transparency in the Treasurer’s office …
Municipal Election News
Springfield Daily covered ICON’s Endorsements Live!
Springfield Daily — ICON announces 2019 endorsements
By Thomas Clatterbuck
Published March 19, 2019
Springfield ICON has announced their endorsements for the upcoming municipal election. ICON (Inner City Older Neighborhoods) based their decision on both written responses to their questionnaire, as well as their candidate forums held last month.
Identifying the issues facing Springfield and having plans to address them were key for endorsements. But ICON Chair Carol Kneedler said that having a positive outlook on these issues was important as well. Springfield does have its problems; but overemphasizing them is a problem in its own right.
Illinois Times — ICON endorses in city races
State Journal-Register — Springfield ICON endorses Langfelder, other candidates
By Brenden Moore, Staff Writer
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Springfield ICON, a group that advocates for the city’s older neighborhoods, endorsed a mix of incumbents and newcomers on Monday for city offices in the April 2 election….
“Some candidates have promoted a negative view of Springfield and it would be easy to fall into despair over budget constraints, bureaucracy, lack of enforcement for dilapidated properties, lack of comprehensive garbage service and the very real cost of sprawl,” said ICON chairwoman Carol Kneedler. “But one great thing about civic participation and community engagement is that you get to know that there are really good people working hard to make the best decisions possible, to do the right thing, to serve all the citizens of Springfield.”
The group said two major issues they hope city leaders tackle in the new term are reforming the city’s garbage collection system and addressing the preponderance of problem properties….
In the case of Langfelder, Kneedler lauded the mayor for being “instrumental” in starting the process that led to Springfield’s 2017-2037 Comprehensive Plan….
Kneedler said, however, that Langfelder could focus more more on development in the older neighborhoods and that ICON supports the hiring of a city planner, a position Langfelder does not support.