Former Springfield Mayor Houston backs Mayor Langfelder for another term

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WMAY can report that, at a last-minute press conference held Thursday morning, former Springfield Mayor J. Michael Houston stumped for current Mayor James O Langfelder – touting his credentials in the race for mayor against current Treasurer Misty Buscher.

WMAY’s own Greg Bishop was on the scene as Mayor Houston – the 78-year-old Republican who served as mayor of Springfield from 1979 to 1987, and again from 2011 to 2015 – backed Mayor Langfelder in a press conference that had lots of interesting tidbits strewn throughout it.

“City government operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whoever is elected mayor is responsible for the public safety strategy for the police and fire. The mayor will need to balance budgets, encourage investments, strengthen neighborhoods, and improve and maintain our streets and sewers. And then there are major items such as the future of City, Water, Light and Power, an alternative water supply – and the completion of the railroad relocation project.”

This is not the first time that former Mayor Houston has backed Mayor Langfelder either – having supported him in the last election cycle as well.

He has continued in that same spirit in the run-up to the 2023 mayoral election, currently slated to be held on 4 April.

Audio for the entire press conference can be heard below!

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