2019 Local Elections

April 2nd, 2019

Candidates Found Most Qualified by the Sangamon County Republicans


Frank Edwards - Mayor 

Frank Lesko - City Clerk

Misty Buscher  - Treasurer


Chuck Redpath - Ward 1

Herman Senor  - Ward 2

John Fulgenzi  - Ward 4

Andrew Proctor  - Ward 5

Brad Carlson  -  Ward 7

Dean Graven  -  Ward 8

Ralph Hanauer - Ward 10



District 1 - Justin Reichert

District 2 - Pam Olive

District 4 - Wayne Rosenthal


Travis Graff

Kris Theilen

CJ Metcalf


District 2 - Sean Dickerson

District 7 - William Ringer


District 1:  Steve Ettinger, Judy Yeager, Greg Sronce -- Vote for 3

District 5:  Brad Mills, Patty Meyer, Jason Loftus -- Vote for 3


Frank Edwards - Mayor 


I grew up in a blue collar family – my mom was a nurse and my dad was a mailman. We weren’t wealthy or politically-connected, but I always knew we were living the American Dream because we worked hard to make ends meet and enjoyed our middle class life in Springfield. I have many fond memories playing baseball with friends or roller skating at Moonlight Gardens. A special treat was a movie at the Esquire or an afternoon at Memorial Pool on Saturdays. We always knew Springfield was a place we were proud to call home.

After high school, I headed to Eastern Illinois University, but my studies were cut short when I was called up for military service with the US Air Force/Air National Guard. I reported to Lackland Airbase for basic training, where my love of aviation and public service would begin. I found that the effort I put forth would be rewarded with more responsibility, more learning, and greater opportunities to serve. I am currently an airplane transport-rated pilot thanks to some the training I received there. I still fly aircraft on a regular basis and find the views from the cockpit humbling and inspiring.

Following my time in the Air Force, I returned to Eastern and graduated with a bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate, but I always knew I wanted to come back home to Springfield. On a dare from my mother, I took the Springfield Fire Department entrance test, and I passed. I worked as a firefighter for 26 years. I loved the job. Every day was different, and I enjoyed helping others in their time of need. Once again, I found that what you put into the job is what I would receive in return. I worked my way through the department from a rookie firefighter to Chief of the Department.

As Fire Chief, I sat through many City Council meetings. As a public servant and city employee, I thought that I could bring a unique voice to the council and fight for taxpayers. I’ve always been driven to serve our community, and my friends and family ultimately encouraged me to run for Alderman. While on the council, I stepped up to serve as interim Mayor following the tragic death of Mayor Davlin. Thanks to the support of the Davlin family and work of the city staff, we left the city better off financially than it was before, and we did it without raising taxes.

For the past decade, I’ve owned and operated Springfield Auto Body. I’m proud to be a small business owner, creating jobs in my hometown, but my job is not done. Whether it’s serving in uniform or serving constituents and customers, I have always been committed to making Springfield a better place. Our city needs new leadership and no new taxes. Business as usual isn’t working, and we need to change course to get Springfield growing again. I humbly ask for your support and would be honored to have your vote.


Frank Lesko - City Clerk

Hi I’m Frank Lesko and I am your current Springfield City Clerk. I have been married to my wife Kim for 30 years and have three children, Marissa, Joseph and William. I was born and raised and have lived in Springfield my entire life. I have always tried to help, whether doing benefit auctions, feeding the homeless, and or helping to clean up our city streets. I love this city and neighborhoods, it is very important to me and it is where I choose to raise my family. I have served on the Park Board and helped accomplish getting a new Funshop facility and a second ice rink added at Lincoln Park. I have served on City Council as Alderman of Ward 4 and I am proud to have helped with new Northside developments along with being a strong proponent of bringing better health care facilities to the Northside. While on the City Council I proudly served as Mayor Pro Tem for 41/2 years. It has been my greatest honor for the past four years to have served you the citizens of Springfield as your City Clerk. I have managed the city clerks office with honesty and openess and would like to serve you for the next four years. Please vote for me on April 2nd. Thank you.

Misty Buscher - City Treasurer 

Since 1991, Misty has worked in the professional banking industry, beginning at the original Magna Bank on Sixth Street while attending Lincoln Land Community College.  She has worked her way up to a Vice President position at Marine Bank.  Her experience in banking includes accounts receivable, accounts payable, balancing accounts as well as working with customers day to day and their personal finances.  Her 23 years in banking and her successful first term as City Treasurer make her not only qualified for the position but also a trustworthy elected official.

Misty believes the Springfield area is a wonderful place to work, live, volunteer and socialize.  She has demonstrated her devotion to improving our community by serving:

Compass 4 Kids

Meals on Wheels

Kings Daughters

MacArthur Blvd Association

Faith Coalition for the Common Good

First Step Women’s Center




Chuck Redpath 

Ward 1

Herman Senor

Ward 2

John Fulgenzi

Ward 4

Andrew Proctor

Ward 5

Brad Carlson

Ward 7

Dean Graven

Ward 8

Ralph Hanauer

Ward 10