St. Louis Public Radio News
11:51 am
Mon April 6, 2009

St. Louis mayoral election tomorrow

St. Louis – Candidates for mayor of St. Louis have just one day of campaigning left before voters go to the polls Tuesday.

Incumbent Francis Slay, a Democrat, is seeking his third term in office. He is being challenged by independent candidate Maida Coleman, Elston McCowan of the Green Party and Libertarian Robb Cunningham.

Slay said his record speaks for itself.

"I think that in this tough economy, particularly, with good leadership, strong leadership, experience and good team counts and that's what I'm hoping will win the day," Slay said.

Coleman, a former state lawmaker, says she knows she's at a financial disadvantage but she's working hard.

"I'm giving it the best that I can and its grassroots, ground crew, boots on the ground and we're doing everything we can," Coleman said.

McCowan says he's in the race to make a difference.

"We're talking about diversity rather than division. We're talking about speaking truth to power. This is nothing that I haven't been doing all of my life, since I was 13, 16 years old. So this is just a fight that I'm continuing."

In addition to the mayor's race, there are fourteen aldermanic seats on the city's ballot tomorrow, although only five are being contested.

Election officials said they expect a turnout of only 12 to 15 percent.