This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 19, 2011 - Amid all the political talk about the 2012 elections, St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green is looking ahead to early 2013. And she confirmed to the Beacon that she plans to seek re-election in 2013 to a fifth full term.
"I will seek re-election most definitely,'' said Green, 55, in an interview Friday. "This is no time to retire."
Green is St. Louis' longest-serving comptroller, which is the city's top fiscal post.
An accountant, she has held the job since 1995, when she was tapped by then-Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. to replace Virvus Jones, who stepped down as comptroller following a conviction.
Green subsequently won elections to full terms in 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2009.