St. Louis Public Radio's Rachel Lippmann explores Proposition R - the "reduction" amendment.
On Tuesday, St. Louisans will once again be asked if they want to make a major change to the structure of government in the city.
Proposition R would cut the size of the Board of Aldermen in half following the next census. The board itself put the measure on the ballot in July, just before taking a break for the summer, and the campaign in the midst of an already crowded election season began in earnest in September.
State Rep. Chris Carter won a special election on Tuesday to fill the seat left open on the St. Louis Board of Aldermen after his uncle, Alderman Greg Carter, died in a traffic accident two months ago.
Carter said it’s a bitter sweet victory and his first order of business is to tackle what he views as a cycle of joblessness and crime in his ward.
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:
The reverend offering the opening prayer just called Mayor Slay Goliath.