Jim Langfelder says he will be releasing specific plans for what he would do as mayor of Springfield “when the time is right.” Langfelder, who currently serves as city treasurer, is confirming his plans to run for mayor in 2015.
Langfelder says if he’s elected mayor, he would bring all interested parties into a room together to hash out solutions for the city’s unfunded pension liability. Langfelder says that discussion would include aldermen, employee unions, pension fund representatives, and even the conservative think tank Illinois Policy Institute.
The son of former mayor Ossie Langfelder says he’s learned a lot by observing his dad and other mayors before and since… in addition to his own experience in city government. Langfelder is the first candidate to confirm he’s running next year, although incumbent Mayor Mike Houston and Alderman Cory Jobe are both considering it.