Francis Slay

Mayoral Race
1:08 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Slay Poised To Make History

Mayor Slay talks to supporters.
Bill Greenblatt UPI

Francis Slay is now poised to win a fourth term as mayor of St. Louis.

Slay walked away with the Democratic primary on Tuesday, beating Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed and former Alderman Jimmie Matthews.   Slay received 54 percent of the vote, Reed 44 percent and Matthews a little over one percent.

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Municipal Primary
9:29 am
Tue March 5, 2013

St. Louis Voters To Choose Between Matthews, Reed Or Slay In Today's Mayoral Primary

(From left to right) Mayor Francis Slay, Former St. Louis Alderman Jimmie Matthews and Aldermanic Board President Lewis Reed during St. Louis on the Air's Mayoral Primary Forum.
(Sean Sandefur/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis voters go to the polls today to decide whether incumbent Mayor Francis Slay deserves a fourth term.

Today's municipal primary was expected to decide who will be mayor. No Republicans were running, and the Democratic nominee will be heavily favored over Green Party candidate James Eldon McNeely.

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Mayoral Race
5:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Slay Seeking Unprecedented Fourth Four-Year Term

Slay illustrates a point at a forum put on by St. Louis on the Air.
(Sean Sandefur/St. Louis Public Radio)

If incumbent mayor Francis Slay wins the Democratic primary tomorrow and then goes on to win re-election in April, he will become the longest serving mayor in St. Louis history.

Serving over 12 years in the office, Slay believes there are many reasons he deserves an unprecedented fourth four-year term.

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Politically Speaking
10:53 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Politically Speaking: Mayoral Flyers, Mo. GOP's New Director and VAWA

(via City of St. Louis websites)

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

On this week's episode: photo-baum's on mayoral flyers, Shane Schoeller as the new executive director of the Missouri GOP, and the back and forth between Senator Claire McCaskill and newly-elected Congresswoman Ann Wagner on the Violence Against Women Act.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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Sustainability
3:56 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

St. Louis City Unveils Sustainability Plan

Mayor Francis Slay and two members of his young adult cabinet unveil the city's sustainability plan at Lambert Airport.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Mayor Francis Slay has unveiled the first-ever sustainability plan for the city of St. Louis.

Slay and his so-called "Vanguard Cabinet" of young city residents developed the plan with community input over the last two years.

It includes 29 immediate action items to be completed by or around 2018. Among them:

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Homelessness
5:15 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

St. Louis Officials: Federal Grant Could End Chronic Homelessness In 18 Months

The former riverfront tent camp known as "Hopeville." The city says it was able to get all residents living there into housing, and a new federal grant will expand those services in the city.
(via Flickr/pasa47)

St. Louis officials say a new federal grant could enable them to end long-term homelessness in the city in 18 months.

The city announced today that it had received $1.25 million to provide services like rental assistance, substance abuse and mental health treatment, and other support for those who have been living on the street long-term. 

Previous federal grants could only be used for specific populations, says human services director Bill Siedhoff. The new federal money will provide those critical support services to a broader population.

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Campaign Finance
10:17 am
Tue February 26, 2013

A Week Out From The Primary, Slay Maintains Spending Spree

(via City of St. Louis websites)

Chart updated at 2:24 to reflect most recent 24 and 48 hour campaign filings.

A week out from the Democratic mayoral primary, incumbent Mayor Francis Slay is maintaining his large financial advantage over challenger and Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed.

According to campaign finance reports filed Monday evening, in a month long span from Jan. 20 to Feb. 21, Slay spent $479,291. During that same amount of time, Reed spent only a fraction of that at $88,470.

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Business
5:06 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

St. Louis City, County, Team Up On Economic Development

St. Louis City Mayor Francis Slay
Credit Adam Allington / St. Louis Public Radio

After decades and decades of competing against each other for jobs, St. Louis City and County announced on Friday, a decision to partner up to attract new companies.

The proposal, called the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, would merge two agencies—The St. Louis Development Corporation in the city, and the St. Louis County Economic Development Council, under one roof.

Mayor Francis Slay says the move will create a sense of regionalism that has been lacking in economic development.

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College Hill
4:24 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

What Do The Streets, Building, Forestry And Health Departments Have To Do With College Hill's Crime?

(via Flickr/alancleaver_2000)

Quite a bit - city leaders say.

Crews from four St. Louis city departments are flooding a north city neighborhood this week in an ongoing effort to tackle its crime problem.

The influx of resources from the streets, building, forestry and health departments follows two weeks of stepped-up police presence known as “hot-spot policing."

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Politics
9:13 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Reed: Businesses Pay Slay For Play, Slay: It Doesn't Work That Way

Board of Alderman President and mayoral candidate Lewis Reed holds a thick packet of campaign finance reports and city contracts.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 10:03 with the Kwame Building Group's response.

In a late afternoon press conference Thursday, Board of Alderman President and mayoral candidate Lewis Reed accused incumbent Mayor Francis Slay of engaging in a "pay-to-play" system where businesses seeking construction contracts have to first make a donation to the mayor's campaign. The mayor's staff insisted that there are too many safeguards for this to even be possible.

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