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March 11, 2005 25th Ward Comments Off on 25th Ward News & Events

This site is being transformed into a 25th Ward Newsletter. Stay tuned as the site evolves over the next month.

– Steve


Feeling Good Despite Not Winning

March 9, 2005 25th Ward 4 Comments

I lost my first political race by 117 votes (554 vs. 437). No bad.

The following are some well wishes from friends and supporters as well as some of my thoughts as of today:

“Congratulations to you for stepping up.  You ran a great race.”

I did step up. I put myself out there in the public arena and survived unscathed and a stronger person.

“Even though the final results are not what we all had hoped for I just wanted to let you know how impressed I am with your run. You did an amazing job and I think you really did change politics for the better in St. Louis. Most folks who run lose their first election — so don’t give up — there will be other chances if you still see a career in politics for yourself.”

The experience as a candidate is immensely rewarding. I will certainly be a political candidate again. For now I’ll leave it open for others to speculate where that might be.

“You can certainly claim victory. Hell of a race. The ‘regular’ Democrats are fooling themselves if they think they’re in good shape. The final numbers are too close for an election like this.”

When St. Louis Sheriff James W. Murphy spent a couple of hours handing out literature for Kirner and driving voters to the polls I knew I was having an impact. The tide is turning on the establishment.

“On a positive note, you got over 400 people to support you in basically a month of campaigning.  That is a lot of support for an unknown candidate to generate that quickly. You made Dorothy and the establishment aware that there are competent candidates ready to take on the entrenched power.  They were scared yesterday; you could see it in their eyes.

We spent the first month getting organized, determining our strategy and refining the message. We only had a true month of campaigning. If we’d had more time and money the result could have been much different. We did the best we could with the time and money we had available. Looking back I don’t think we would have done anything differently.

Throughout the race the I took the lead in terms of communications and message. My website informed people who I was and what my views were. Kirner’s team, a few weeks later, introduced a website. My talking points of investment and alley condition became the basis for a Kirner survey two weeks prior to the election. Had I not ran we would have had the same complacency seen in so many other wards where the incumbent is unchallenged. Even if I like and support an incumbent I want to see them challenged – it is good for the general discourse.

“I’m sorry to see the results in the paper today. It troubles me that the area would opt for the status quo. Seems that it wasn’t a great night, overall, for the progressive, young branch of the party; a shame. I agree with your site, though, that your campaign added a lot to the civic debate. We shouldn’t forget efforts like that in making a difference and I want to articulate that here: you ran a good, clean, positive race and deserve kudos for that.”

Young progressive Democrats, like myself, made great headway all over this city. I want to thank Rodney Burchfield for his efforts in the 17th Ward and Jeffrey Hardin for his very close race in the 3rd Ward. The three of us have decidedly similar views on urbanity and how the future of the city should be shaped, and equally important, how it should not be shaped.

“I just saw the election results in the Post-Dispatch.  I was extremely disappointed.  I just hope the defeat won’t keep you from considering another run.  The city of St. Louis definitely needs people like you who will get involved and make this an even better place to live, work & play.” 

I am more resolved than ever to make a difference in this city. I know my views on urban life and the future of our great city are shared by many throughout St. Louis. We’ve begun the process of networking and organizing. Over the next few election cycles I am confident we can wrestle City Hall away from the establishment.

“We are really proud of you for taking a stand and actually doing something about making a positive change to the city. You rock.”

Back at you. I’m very proud of everyone that stood with me during the race. We rock! In a future post I will thank the many people that helped.

“You ran a good honest campaign with a strong message that you live and breathe as part of your daily life.  That is an example for others.  You have to be proud of the way you conducted yourself.  I know that I am.”

I am still evaluating how to best harness the network of people that have been activated all over the city and especially in the 25th Ward. At this early stage I can tell you something will come of it. I and others are not going to just sit back and wait for years and try it again. No, we will be vocal and active in the Ward and City. To the establishment: If you thought the last couple of months were hot just keep watching.

“I just wanted to drop you a note and tell you how proud this city resident was with your campaign. You were by far the better candidate and the establishment knows it. This was just the first shot over the bow because other people are thinking about challenging the status quo the same way you have.”

In the future I want to see all municipal incumbents challenged. Even if I like the incumbent I believe a challenge keeps people involved and issues on the table. In two years we’ve got the even number Wards, the President of the Board of Aldermen and a number of “county” offices.

– Steve


Waiting for Final Numbers

March 8, 2005 25th Ward 1 Comment

It is 11pm on election night and we are still waiting on final numbers. At this point we are trailing by 117 votes (554 v 437).

Regardless of the final vote count I can declare victory.

We were victorious in challenging the establishment.
We were victorious in getting hundreds of young voters involved.

We were victorious in raising the bar for local aldermanic websites.
We were victorious in bringing issues to the table for discussion and action.

While I continue to wait I can say I have no regrets.

– Steve


Thoughts on the Election

March 7, 2005 25th Ward Comments Off on Thoughts on the Election

The last two months have been thrilling for me. On the eve of the election I feel great about the campaign we’ve run and chances of defeating the establishment.

Friends have come to support me by raising money and volunteering countless hours. I’ve met new people also willing to give time and money to see some much needed change in the City of St. Louis. Throughout the Ward I’ve got neighbors resolved to see me elected.

I can tell you, on the night before the election, I feel victorious already. The experience of running for office has been immensely rewarding in so many ways. Most importantly is I know my message is on target and that I can affect positive change.

I also know we are not done yet. We are going to brave the cold on Tuesday and greet voters as they arrive at our three polling places. We have not rested or taken anything or anyone for granted in the last two months and we are not about to start tonight. When the polls close at 7pm Tuesday night we’ll start to rest. But only for an hour…

At 8pm Tuesday night we celebrate an outstanding grassroots campaign. Click here for details.

Particular thanks goes out to Corey Mohn, Susan Newton, Michael Kime, Dan Icolari and Jeffrey Smith for all their hard work and dedication. So many others helped as well – I will thank them each in a post-election entry.

– Steve


Finding Your Polling Place

March 7, 2005 25th Ward Comments Off on Finding Your Polling Place

If you live in the 25th Ward East of Grand you are either in the first or fourth precincts. Your polling place is Cleveland Academy:

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4352 Louisiana Ave
St Louis, MO 63111-1046

If you live West of Grand you are either in the 2nd or 3rd precinct depending upon which side of Bingham you happen to live. The second precinct, South of Bingham, votes at the Scruggs School Gym on South Grand (entered off Neosho street):

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4611 S Grand Blvd
St Louis, MO 63111-1423

The 3rd precinct, North of Bingham, votes at Resurrection School at Meramec & Hydraulic (lower level of school):

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3880 Meramec St
St Louis, MO 63116-4450