When Kim Gardner was running for St. Louis Circuit Attorney, she vowed change “by reforming a broken system.”
After the Michael Brown shooting, voters warmed to her message of rebuilding trust in the criminal justice system. She promised to reduce violent crime in the city. She also promised to increase diversity, to conduct fair and complete investigations in police shootings, reduce racial disparities and increase gun control.
Voters liked what they heard, and Gardner became the first African American woman elected to the city office.
But her nearly two-and-a-half-year tenure has been a roller coaster ride.