Francis Slay

2013 mayoral race
6:34 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Mayoral Rivals Spar Over Who Should Negotiate Contracts

(via City of St. Louis websites)

Tensions between the two main Democrats running for mayor of St. Louis were on broad display today during a dispute over who should negotiate contracts with St. Louis city employees.

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Mental Health
4:42 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Mental Health Services For North St. Louis Kids Get Grant Boost

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

A federal grant of $4.2 million has been awarded to the Missouri Department of Mental Health, which will spend the money on kids in north St. Louis.

The money will be used for a variety of mental health services, including screenings and assessments for children, as well as home visitations to teach skills to parents.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said north St. Louis was chosen for a reason.

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State of St. Louis
2:42 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Stricter Gun Laws? Income Tax Cuts? Leaders Discuss At 'State Of St. Louis'

Speaker Tim Jones shakes hands with attendees after the forum.
Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

At the St. Louis Business Journal's "State of St. Louis," one of the panelists remarked that, in the Missouri legislature, the divide is less between Republicans and Democrats and more between rural and urban representation.

But the upcoming legislative session is somewhat remarkable because both leaders in the legislative bodies are from the St. Louis area. House Speaker Tim Jones is from Eureka, and Senate Majority Leader Tom Dempsey from St. Charles will soon be the President Pro Tem.

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Mayoral Race
5:27 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Ready, Set, Mayor: Reed, Slay File For 2013 St. Louis Primary

Board of Alderman Lewis Reed (at left) and current St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.
(via City of St. Louis websites)

St. Louis's Democratic battle between incumbent Mayor Francis Slay and Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed is now official -- both candidates filed for the March primary this morning.

Slay has never lost a race, and he's taking this challenge seriously. In fact, Slay says he's had paid employees and volunteers standing in line to hold his spot for filing since Sept. 24.

Slay says he wants another term in order to continue improving education and public safety in the city, and points to the recent passage of local control of the police department.

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Baseball Bets
11:05 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Playoff Bet Payoff As St. Louis Flag Flies Over DC

The flag of the city of St. Louis is flying over Washington, D.C.'s city hall today to honor a baseball bet.
(via Peter Raack)

Baseball bets are not usually something we cover much of here at St. Louis Public Radio (except when we make it to the World Series and make a chart of all the bets).

However, we thought we'd make an exception today to highlight something happening in the nation's capitol.

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Foreclosure Mediation
2:23 pm
Sun October 21, 2012

Slay: Battle Over Foreclosure Mediation In The County Not A Deterrent To Similar Law

(via Flickr/taberandrew)

A restraining order that prevents St. Louis County from enforcing a new law that would require banks to offer mediation to homeowners facing foreclosure continues this week.

St. Louis County and bankers are in the midst of a legal battle over whether or not the county has the authority to enforce the ordinance.

No matter what happens in the court case, St. Louis City Mayor Francis Slay says the city should continue to push ahead with a similar law.

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charter schools
5:19 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Three New Charter Schools To Open In St. Louis

(via Flickr/alkruse24)

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay announced Thursday that three new charter schools will open next fall.


That will bring to 18 the number of schools that have gone through the screening process put in place by the mayor's office.


The mayor says quality education is critical to keeping families in the city.

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2013 Primary
11:18 am
Tue October 16, 2012

New Campaign Finance Reports Show Continued Fundraising Edge For Slay

New campaign finance reports show Mayor Francis Slay retains a huge lead over his March 2013 challenger, Lewis Reed.
(via City of St. Louis websites)

Updated to note that Slay filed multiple reports, and thus raised and spent more than quarterly report reflected.

The latest quarterly reports are in for the 2013 mayoral primary in the city of St. Louis, and incumbent Mayor Francis Slay continues to hold a huge fundraising advantage over challenger Lewis Reed, the Board of Aldermen president.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:47 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

In Depth: St. Louis Mayoral Race - Lewis Reed vs. Francis Slay

(L) Aldermanic President Lewis Reed, (R) Mayor Francis Slay
(via City of St. Louis websites)

Not many people who watch city politics were surprised when Board of Alderman president Lewis Reed announced that he will challenge Mayor Francis Slay in next year’s Democratic primary in April.

Reed officially threw his hat into the ring on Wednesday at Sqwires in Lafayette Square, part of his ward before he ran for board president.

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Developing: Lewis Reed Announcement
6:14 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Reed Announces Entry To 2013 Mayoral Race

St. Louis Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed announces his run for mayor in the 2013 race on October 3, 2012.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 1:50 with comments from Mayor Slay.

The long-rumored Democratic rumble for mayor of St. Louis is on. 

Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed officially threw his hat into the ring today in a press conference at Sqwires in Lafayette Square, part of his ward before he ran for board president.

This campaign is a "mission of change," Reed told his supporters, calling Slay an ineffective leader more interested in photo ops and managing the media than with bringing people together to solve the city's problems.

Lafayette Square, he said, was improved through cooperation. Ineffective leadership has stifled similar efforts citywide.

"We can accept those things that divide us, or we can work toward a common purpose to improve our communities," Reed said. "We can continue to develop reactionary policies, or we can bring the brightest minds together to develop long-term strategies to turn St. Louis into a world-class destination."

Here are some highlights from Reed's announcement:

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