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Terry Wilson wants to bring consensus to the St. Louis County Council

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St. Louis Public Radio
Terri Wilson, a Democrat running for St. Louis County Council, speaks to supporters on Feb. 22, filing day, at the St. Louis County Government Center building in St. Ann.

Terry Wilson, who is running for the 1st District St. Louis County Council seat, is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast. The Jennings city councilman talked about his primary challenge of council Chairwoman Rita Days.

Here’s what Wilson discussed on the program:

  • He said he’ll be able to build more consensus on a council that’s been divided between allies and adversaries of St. Louis County Executive Sam Page. “The arguments and the dysfunction is so bad right now,” he said.
  • While Page gave Wilson his endorsement, Wilson notes that he hasn’t always agreed with the county executive’s policies. He said Page could have done a better job getting COVID-related resources to north St. Louis County.
  • Wilson was supportive of mask mandates that were aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 in public indoor spaces. That proposal generated opposition among county council members and in the community.
  • Planning on how to appropriate money from the American Rescue Plan Act should have occurred sooner. "I think more detail and attention and planning should have started way before an election year,” he said. “And I think a lot of this planning is coming around because there is an election year, and people want to make promises to their friends.”

Wilson also served on the school board for the Jennings district. Besides his political pursuits, he works for Beyond Housing’s Pagedale Family Support Center.

Days is slated to record an episode of Politically Speaking next week to talk about her campaign for a full four-year term on the council.

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Follow Terry Wilson: @TerryWilsonSTL

Rachel is the justice correspondent at St. Louis Public Radio.
Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.

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