Fred Wessels

Members of the Missouri House have a different perspective than Missouri senators on ethics.
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Many districts in St. Louis and St. Louis County are drawn to be heavily Democratic or Republican. Thus, when a seat opens up, the August primary can be most competitive election for eight years.

The victors in these “primary-are-the-election” races will face different realities in Jefferson City, depending on their political parties. Republicans could get a chance to handle big-ticket legislation and move up in leadership. Since they’re a super-minority, Democratic winners will have fewer opportunities to influence the legislative process. But often times, they can provide a counterpoint to the GOP supermajority.

Murphy Wins 13th Ward Race To Replace Wessels

Apr 29, 2014
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Democrat Beth Murphy won Tuesday's special election by a relatively large margin, as least by percentage standards. Murphy ended up with 79 percent of the vote compared to Republican Conan Prendergast's 20 percent.

The total number of ballots cast yesterday? 442.

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Voters in St. Louis' 13th Ward will have a chance to pick their next alderman in Tuesday's special election.

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As St. Louis Alderman Fred Wessels prepares to leave his post to lead the city’s Community Development Association, a long-time committeewoman is primed to take his aldermanic seat. 

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When a Board of Aldermen committee made changes to St. Louis' community development block grant recommendations, it showed the city's legislative branch asserting itself against a power shift to the executive.

But not everybody was happy -- including the agency that gave the city the funds in the first place.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has appointed Alderman Fred Wessels to serve as director of the city’s Community Development Administration.

It's a move that will conclude the legislative career of one of the Board of Aldermen’s longest serving members.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - More than a week after an aldermanic committee made funding changes, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen gave initial approval to legislation divvying up $16.7 million in federal block grants. The measure passed 17 to 8, with one abstention.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The Board of Aldermen is mulling over how to divide the city’s share of federal community development block grant funds. Instead of being divided up among all the wards, the block grants would be distributed this year through a competitive bidding process administered by the Community Development Administration.

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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will decide later this fall whether to approve a proposal that could jump-start developer Paul McKee’s NorthSide Regeneration project.

And the chairman of the committee that will likely consider the tax increment financing proposal says he believes the proposal has enough support throughout the board to pass. But he wants more details and some other aldermen may push for amendments.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The St. Louis County Council gave its final blessing to merging some duties of city and county economic development agencies, a move that ratifies a plan announced earlier this year.

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A new economic development agreement between St. Louis City and County is a step closer to reality.

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen moved a bill forward Thursday that would create a long-talked about partnership.

The bill’s sponsor, Alderman Fred Wessels of the 13th Ward, says it will create entity to serve businesses that want to move into the region.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is pressing the city of St. Louis to change how it divvies up Community Development Block Grant funds.

(photo courtesy of Fred Wessels)

Calling him a "rogue public official who needs to be reined in by the courts," south St. Louis city alderman Fred Wessels has filed suit against treasurer Larry Williams, accusing him of illegally implementing a contract to manage the city's 10,000 parking meters.