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:
The reverend offering the opening prayer just called Mayor Slay Goliath.
Updated at 5:33 p.m. to include quotes from one of the Republican sponsors of Amendment Three and from the Sec. of State's Communications Director.
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A Democratic candidate for the Missouri Senate is calling for a ban on all gifts from lobbyists to state lawmakers, and accusing his opponent of accepting more gifts and free meals over the past decade than any other Missouri legislator.
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St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum from the St. Louis Beacon to discuss a couple of political issues. On today’s podcast: We give an Akin/McCaskill roundup and discuss alleged ethics violations. We also check in across the river on the Plummer and Enyart race for Illinois’ 12th District.