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St. Louis primary 2019

From left, Megan Green, Jamilah Nasheed and Lewis Reed are contenders for aldermanic president in St. Louis' upcoming Democratic Primary, which is March 5.
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On the surface, the scramble to be the president of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen may not seem significant to people that don’t live in the city.

But looks can be deceiving. The winner of the March 5 Democratic primary, assuming they get past a Green Party candidate in April, will make seismic decisions affecting the St. Louis region’s economy and quality of life. It will also show if the city will stick with an experienced incumbent or embrace a new political path.

Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, left, Alderwoman Megan Green and St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed take part in a St. Louis Press Club forum on Feb. 22, 2019.
Jason Rosenbaum I St. Louis Public Radio

A bid to have a private company run St. Louis Lambert International Airport was a point of contention among candidates for aldermanic president during a forum Friday.

The winner of the March 5 Democratic primary may decide whether that process goes forward — or whether it sputters out at the Board of Estimate and Apportionment.

Alderwoman Megan Green, D-15th Ward, poses in St. Louis Public Radio's green room on Jan. 24, 2019
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Alderwoman Megan Green, D-15th Ward, has done a lot of campaigning over the last 29 months.

Between October 2014 and April 2017, Green ran in three elections to secure a full term representing the ward, which covers parts of the Tower Grove South and Tower Grove East neighborhoods. Pretty soon after that last election, she set her sights on higher office. In the race for president, her main opponents are incumbent Lewis Reed and State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis. (You can find Reed’s episode of Politically Speaking here, and Nasheed’s episode here.)

Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed
Kae Petrin I St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast. He joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Rachel Lippmann to talk about his re-election bid.

Reed is squaring off against three other Democratic candidates in the March 5 primary, including state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed and Alderwoman Megan Green, D-15th Ward. Nasheed and Green have recorded Politically Speaking episodes that will air later this month.

St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed fills out the paperwork to enter the Democratic primary for his office on Monday, November 26, 2018.
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St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed is facing his stiffest competition yet as he runs for a fourth term in office.

Reed, along with two opponents, state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, and Alderwoman Megan Green, D-15th Ward, filed to run for board president on Monday, the first day candidates could enter the March 5 primary. Nasheed is ineligible to run for Senate again because of term limits.