The 2015 race for Springfield mayor is officially underway.
Sangamon County Auditor Paul Palazzolo became the first candidate to formally announce his candidacy at a news conference Monday at Lincoln Park. Palazzolo says he will bring experience, effectiveness and trust to the mayor's office.
He says he doesn't have any particular criticism of how City Hall is being run right now... but also says he will stay in the race even if incumbent Mayor Mike Houston decides to seek another term.
Palazzolo says he will seek to make city government run more efficiently, and will consider a voluntary severance program for city workers like the one he implemented for county government... as a way to reduce costs.