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Councilor Lederman Sworn In as City Council President, Announces Support for Full Term in 2023

City Clerk Gladys Oyola-Lopez formally swore in At-Large Springfield City Councilor Jesse Lederman as the new President of the City Council on Wednesday morning. Council President Lederman took the City Council President’s Oath in the City Council Chamber and was joined by his wife Emila.

Lederman assumed the Council’s Presidential duties last week in accordance with the Council Rules following the resignation of former City Council President Marcus Williams.

Council President Lederman has also announced that he has received unanimous commitments from the remaining members of the City Council to serve a full term in 2023.

Council President Lederman issued the following statement:

“I am thankful for this signal of support from my colleagues both during this time of transition and heading into 2023. Serving as a City Councilor is the honor of my life, and to lead the body is a responsibility I do not take lightly.

The City Council is the closest elected body to the people, and we serve the residents of Springfield best when we come together in good faith to take on the issues that face our community, bringing with us each of our own diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

In addition to maintaining a robust legislative agenda around the issues I have raised in recent years, I intend to also bring forward new initiatives from the City Council, including efforts aimed at increasing civic engagement, advancing transparency, accountability, and accessibility in local government, and supporting Councilors in their efforts on their own respective committees and initiatives.

Most importantly, I pledge to continue working every day, on behalf of every resident, in every neighborhood to build coalitions and relationships to deliver results for the people of Springfield. There is much to be done, let’s get to work.”

Jesse Lederman was first elected to the City Council in 2017 and is currently serving his third term as an At-Large Councilor. He was elected Vice President at the beginning of 2022. In 2022 he has served as Chairman of the Maintenance & Development Committee, the Sustainability & Environment Committee, and the COVID-19 Response & Recovery Committee. He previously served as Chairman of the Committee on Health and Human Services.

On the City Council Jesse has fought for legislation and initiatives related to neighborhood quality of life, housing, workers rights, protecting and improving air quality, expanding affordable internet access, and making local government more accessible and transparent, among other initiatives.

Councilor Lederman is married to his wife, Emila Lederman. They live in the McKnight Neighborhood with their dog, Theodore, just a few blocks from where Jesse grew up. Learn more about Councilor Lederman and his work at

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