Hazel Erby

On The Trail
10:56 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

For Some, Dooley's Comments On Race, Corruption Hit A Nerve

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley speaks to reporters after Tuesday's St. Louis County Council meeting. The departing county executive contends that efforts to paint him as "corrupt" had racial overtones.
Credit Rebecca Smith, St. Louis Public Radio

When St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley’s political adversaries used a subcontract for the county’s police lab as campaign fodder, the Democratic official saw it as more than just a run-of-the-mill attack. 

Dooley said the attacks were part of a racially motivated effort to make him look corrupt – a tactic he said is an effective way to discredit black politicians. He went so far as to call county prosecutor Bob McCulloch a “liar” who played the “race card” and county executive-elect Steve Stenger as a dutiful patsy that perpetuated an untruth.

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Grand jury decision
12:53 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Local Leaders Respond To Grand Jury's Non-Indictment

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaks Monday at a news conference before the grand jury announcement.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Within minutes after St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced that the grand jury did not recommend that Darren Wilson face indictment for the shooting death of Michael Brown, reactions from area politicians came quickly. 

Before and after the grand jury’s decision was made public, area officials made clear Monday night that they understood the stakes.

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2014 General Election
5:23 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Stenger In-Depth Interview: 'We Need To Move Forward Together ... Now'

Steve Stenger celebrates his victory in his race for St. Louis County executive..
Chris McDaniel | St. Louis Public Radio

A day after his narrow victory, St. Louis County Executive-elect Steve Stenger says he’s “certainly willing to extend an olive branch’’ to those fellow Democrats who had opposed his election.

But that said, Stenger made clear Wednesday that he expects those critics — many of whom were African-American officials in north St. Louis County — to do their part as well.

“We saw political motivations of all sorts, and we need to set them aside,’’ Stenger said during a wide-ranging interview on St. Louis Public Radio's Politically Speaking podcast.

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Payback
10:43 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Coalition of Black Democratic Officials Endorses Republican Stream For County Executive

African-American elected officials announce that they endorse Rick Stream, a Republican, for St. Louis County Executive.
Credit Jo Mannies | St. Louis Public Radio

For some in both camps, the decision of a group of African-American Democratic officials to endorse Republican Rick Stream for county executive boils down to one word:

Payback.

Berkeley Mayor Ted Hoskins said as much when he explained at Wednesday’s news conference — which featured about two dozen north St. Louis County officials — that Stream’s conservative views and legislative votes aren’t the issue.

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2014 General Election
1:45 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

North County Officials Form New Democratic Coalition, Call For More Respect

Officials at the news conference Sept. 17.
Credit Jo Mannies | St. Louis Public Radio

In a warning to area Democratic leaders, a number of north St. Louis County mayors and other African-American elected officials announced Wednesday that they’ve formed a political coalition aimed at increasing the clout of minority voters.

“Recent events have shown that our voice has diminished,” said St. Louis County Council chair Hazel Erby, D-University City, who served as spokeswoman. “That ends today.”

Erby said the coalition is “serving notice that we are not going to support candidates just because they have an insignia of a donkey behind their name.”

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Politically Speaking
4:38 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Politically Speaking: Councilwoman Erby Recounts Ferguson Turmoil, Council Battles

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

On this week's episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum welcome St. Louis County Councilwoman Hazel Erby to the show.  

The University City Democrat recently won re-election to the council's 1st District, which encompasses 38 municipalities. Erby's district includes Ferguson, the scene of more than two weeks of turmoil, unrest and international media attention

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Ferguson
8:51 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

St. Louis County Council Approves Up To $1 Million To Help Ferguson Residents

Mike Jones, a policy adviser to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, talks to the media on Tuesday about a $1 million allocation to help Ferguson residents.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis County Council authorized up to $1 million to be spent to help Ferguson residents pay for expenses incurred during nearly two weeks of unrest.  

Without opposition, the council authorized the county to spend up to $1 million to help Ferguson residents who felt the impact of riots and looting. For more than two weeks, the city was under almost constant turmoil after Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown earlier this month.

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On The Trail
7:54 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

An 11-Year-Old Provides Words Of Wisdom About Ferguson's Underlying Problems

University City resident Marquis Govan has been going to St. Louis County Council meetings for three months. He made a speech before the council last Tuesday about the turmoil in Ferguson.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

The turmoil in Ferguson drew the attention of some powerful people. Everybody from state legislators to the President of the United States spoke out about Michael Brown’s death and its aftermath.

While Marquis Govan doesn’t have a fancy title, the 11-year-old has some poignant ideas about the conflict. The University City resident has a ravenous interest in politics – and plenty to say about what’s going on in Ferguson.

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On The Trail
10:55 am
Thu August 14, 2014

French Turns Camera's Eye Toward Ferguson Unrest

St. Louis Alderman Antonio French documents a press conference with Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

When Antonio French noticed social media activity bubbling up about Michael Brown’s shooting death last weekend, the St. Louis alderman got in his car and drove to Ferguson. 

What he said he saw was striking: Police from neighboring municipalities had formed a “human shield” around the scene. Lesley McSpadden, Brown’s mother, was screaming and crying over not knowing what happened to her 18-year-old son. And Brown’s body was still in the street after being shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer.

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Michael Brown
9:44 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Michael Brown Shooting Looms Large Over County Council Meeting

Councilwoman Hazel Erby, D-University City, represents Ferguson on the St. Louis County Council. She talked to reporters on Tuesday about the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

For all intents and purposes, Tuesday’s St. Louis County Council meeting was uneventful. There were no major bills considered. And the face-to-face meeting between former Democratic county executive rivals didn’t happen. 

But this meeting was first time the council met since a Ferguson police officer shot and killed Michael Brown. And the 18-year-old’s death loomed large over the proceedings.

“This issue will be a test for all of us,” said St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley. “The world is watching and we need to get it right the first time.”

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