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Sunday Poll: Should St. Louis File A Municipal Bankruptcy?

March 3, 2019 Featured, Politics/Policy, Sunday Poll Comments Off on Sunday Poll: Should St. Louis File A Municipal Bankruptcy?

I’m a policy geek, I love reading about various policy solutions to problems.  Yesterday I finally found a topic for today’s poll.

Please vote below

The subject of today’s poll is municipal bankruptcy. I read articles for and against. To remain neutral I’m not going to quote from either.

Today’s poll will close at 8pm tonight.

— Steve Patterson

 

 

Ugly Local Primary To Be Held On Tuesday

March 1, 2019 Board of Aldermen, Featured, Politics/Policy Comments Off on Ugly Local Primary To Be Held On Tuesday

St. Louis’ partisan primary will be held Tuesday. However, though we have a general election a month later, the Democratic primary is THE election. The even-numbered wards are electing Aldermen and the entire city is electing the President of the Board of Aldernen.

In my view, this election cycle has been uglier than usual. The a accusations between candidates, bickering among supporters online, is the ugly I’m talking about. Maybe past elections were just as bad?

Four years ago the turnout was less than 10%. Embarrassing, but a competitive citywide race should increase turnout. I predict turnout will be under 15% — prove me wrong!

Be sure to vote Tuesday, the polls will be open 6am-7pm.

— Steve Patterson

 

Four Candidates In Democratic Primary to be President of the Board of Aldermen

February 15, 2019 Board of Aldermen, Featured, Politics/Policy Comments Off on Four Candidates In Democratic Primary to be President of the Board of Aldermen
St. Louis City Hall

Today’s post is for those who’ve not made a decision about who to vote for in the 4-way race for the Democratic nomination to be president of the Board of Aldermen. The partisan primary will be March 5th, the winner will very likely easily defeat the Green Party nominee the general election on April 2nd.

If St. Louis government were a game of chess, the president of the Board of Aldermen would be the queen. It is a unique position: Empowered in both the city’s legislative and executive branches, the board president can wield power both in offense and defense. It’s equally capable of holding its own in a fight or just holding ground against an advancing opponent. (Riverfront Times)

To assist with your pre-voting research, here are the four candidates in the Democratic primary, listed here in reverse ballot order, with relevant links:

Jimmie Matthews:

Lewis Reed:

Megan Ellyia Green

Jamilah Nasheed

I personally enjoy seeing competitive challengers, not a fan of incumbents easily winning another 4 year term just because challengers are too timid to take on the power of incumbency.

I’d always heard the phrase “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” When I was younger I didn’t connect that to elections, but it’s very true.  I know the top 3 candidates, as well as people working on their campaigns.  Social media plays a role these days.

I’ve already voted absentee, but I voted based on my favorability of the candidates and their policy positions. I’m not going to say who I voted for, I will say it wasn’t Matthews. Hopefully each of you have made up your mind, or will use some criteria to make a selection before Tuesday March 5th.

In the 2015 race the voter turnout was less than 10%. Given the competitive citywide race the turnout should be in double digits, but it was less than 15% in 2007 — the last year of a competitive primary for President of the Board of Aldermen.  Your vote can make a big difference this year — VOTE!

— Steve Patterson

 

Candidates in March 5, 2019 Primary

February 8, 2019 Featured, Politics/Policy Comments Off on Candidates in March 5, 2019 Primary

The March 5th partisan primary is coming up in less than a month, so I wanted you to begin thinking about voting. Typically when we go to the polls the worker will ask which ballot you want (non-partisan, Green, Republican, Democratic, etc). Next month only those in the 6th Ward will be asked. Why?  One Green candidate is running for President of the Board of Aldermen, one Republican is running for 6th Ward Alderman (MICHAEL J. HEBRON, SR.).  Because the Green Party received less than 2% of the vote in the last gubernatorial election Jerome Bauer will automatically appear on the April 2nd general election ballot.

Vintage photo of the former offices of the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners. From my collection

There are no ballot questions and only even-numbered wards are electing aldermen, so those of us in odd-numbered wards will only have to vote for the President of the Board of Aldermen.

The following in all caps is taken from the sample ballot.

DEMOCRATIC PARTY CANDIDATES

FOR PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN: curious to see who wins this rave. Prediction: will NOT be Jimmie Matthews

  • JAMILAH NASHEED
  • MEGAN ELLYIA GREEN
  • LEWIS REED
  • JIMMIE MATTHEWS

FOR ALDERMAN WARD 2

  • LISA MIDDLEBROOK
  • THOMAS BRADLEY

FOR ALDERMAN WARD 4

  • SAMUEL L. MOORE
  • ROBERT DILLARD
  • LEROY CARTER
  • EDWARD MCFOWLAND

FOR ALDERMAN WARD 6: Incumbents generally don’t get 3 primary challengers, the only ward that will face a challenger in April

  • CHRISTINE INGRASSIA
  • CEDRIC REDMON
  • DEBRA CARNAHAN
  • HENRY GRAY

FOR ALDERMAN WARD 8

  • ANNIE LEE RICE
  • EMMETT L. COLEMAN

FOR ALDERMAN WARD 10

  • JOSEPH [JOE] VOLLMER
  • PAT HICKEY

FOR ALDERMAN WARD 12

  • LARRY ARNOWITZ
  • DERRICK NEUNER
  • CASSANDRA [CASSIE] DECLUE

FOR ALDERMAN WARD 14

  • CAROL J. HOWARD
  • TONY PECINOVSKY

FOR ALDERMAN WARD 16: unchallenged incumbent

  • THOMAS ROBERT OLDENBURG

FOR ALDERMAN WARD 18: Longtime 18th Ward Ald. Terry Kennedy isn’t running for reelection, so you’ve got a 5-way race to fill the seat. Kennedy was first sworn into office on April 18, 1989.

  • JESSE TODD
  • JEFFERY HILL, JR.
  • DARRYL GRAY
  • JUDITH ARNOLD
  • ELMER OTEY

FOR ALDERMAN WARD 20

  • CARA SPENCER
  • SATIA [SUNNI] HUTTON

FOR ALDERMAN WARD 22

  • TONYA FINLEY-MCCAW
  • JEFFREY L. BOYD

FOR ALDERMAN WARD 24: two-term Ald. Scott Ogilvie isn’t running for a 3rd term, so five candidates are running. Ogilvie easily defeated Tom Bauer in the 2011 general election.

  • LORIE CAVIN
  • BRET NARAYAN
  • TERI POWERS
  • DANNY SAMPLE
  • TOM BAUER

FOR ALDERMAN WARD 26: Longtime Ald. Frank Williamson resigned to take a job in the Treasurer’s office, he has been in office since April 15, 2003. Candidate Jake Banton is a licensed architect!

  • LEATA C. PRICE-LAND
  • SHAMEEM CLARK HUBBARD
  • JAKE BANTON

FOR ALDERMAN WARD 28

  • HEATHER B. NAVARRO: unchallenged incumbent

Please be sure to vote!

— Steve Patterson

 

Last Meeting of St. Louis Board of Aldermen Before Spring Elections

February 1, 2019 Board of Aldermen, Featured Comments Off on Last Meeting of St. Louis Board of Aldermen Before Spring Elections
St. Louis City Hall

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 31st meeting of the 2018-2019 session. This is their last meeting before the March 5th primary and April 2nd general.

Since no new bills could get through the process before the end of the 2018-2019 session, there are no new bills being introduced. Today’s agenda includes a long list of bills that will likely get passed and sent to the mayor for her signature.

The meeting begins at 10am, past meetings and a live broadcast can be watched online here. See list of all board bills for the 2018-2019 session.

— Steve Patterson

 

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