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New Mayors Elected in Cities of Parker and Springfield

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The citizens in the Cities of Parker and Springfield have elected new mayors on Super Tuesday.

In Parker, Mayor-elect Rich Musgrave received 54.17% of the vote over Incumbent Mayor Tonya Barrow with 45.82%.

News 13 spoke with Rich Musgrave in Parker about his win. "It's incredible. I'm so humbled because the majority of the voters heard my message, believed in my message and wanted to see Parker come what it could become, which is what I'm all about," said Musgrave.

Musgrave said he's also anxious to sit down with every department and get to know every employee.

Over in Springfield, the race for the mayor also went to the challenger over the incumbent.

Ralph Hammond will fill the seat with 75.74% of the vote over veteran incumbent Mayor Robert Walker with 24.25%. 

Robert Walker says it was a win-win either way. He's looking forward to new opportunities. "Get some of that stress off of me that's been on there for a lot of years and just enjoy life and you know be free to travel and do what I want to do," said Walker.

While Mayor-elect Ralph Hammond said he's ready to begin working. "When it all gets settled down, I'm ready to get my hands dirty and my feet wet and go to work for the citizens. I have not promised anything but hard work, honesty; if somebody's got a question or an issue, I've got an open door policy at the office or at my home," said Hammond.

Both Springfield Mayor candidates said they believe the recent fire assessment fee had an impact on voter turnout and election result.