ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) – People voting in Tuesday’s democratic primary for mayor of St. Louis will be greeted by rain, snow, and some very different views of Francis Slay’s stewardship of the city over the past twelve years.
The weather is on everyone’s mind, with most wondering how it will affect turnout, if at all.
Mayor Slay, speaking to a neighborhood group in south city, Monday, said he’s not concerned.
“Not at all. Not at all,” he told us in an interview prior to his appearance. “I think people understand there’s a race out there and this is important to the future of the city of St. Louis, and hopefully they’ll come out and vote.”
Across town, at a rally for campaign workers, Lewis Reed saw things a little differently.
“We are a little concerned about the weather, but we’ve been out all night tonight. People are so excited. I think people are gonna show up almost no matter what the weather is.”
About the only thing the men do agree on is the idea that the election is a referendum on Slay’s time in office. It’s their views of that period that are polar opposites.
“St. Louis has had twelve years of the current leadership,” Reed said. “We know what the issues are. We know about the crime rate. Our crime rate is too high, job creation is too low, and nothing is changing. No new ideas have come out of this administration in recent years.”
Slay, however, speaks of his record with pride.
“I think what I was able to bring in office was integrity, competence, hard work, and we’ve got a lot of results in a very, very difficult economy,” Slay said. “We’ve seen crime at its lowest rate since 1972. We’ve seen more quality education opportunities for children. We’ve seen over 6 billion dollars in investment and development in the city of St. Louis.”
We asked top brass with both campaigns what might keep them up the night before the vote. Interestingly, both replied, “nothing.”
The Tuesday vote is a Democratic primary, but in the city of St. Louis, that’s essentially the general election. No Republican is running, leaving the winner facing a Green Party candidate.
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