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:
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