ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Two of the main candidates in the St. Louis democratic mayoral primary cast their ballots early Tuesday morning.
Mayor Francis Slay walked into the gym at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Blow Street basically right at 6am in the morning when the polls opened.
The mayor running for his fourth term seemed confident.
‘The most important thing about this is about leadership, it`s about competency, and it`s about integrity and I think that`s what we`ve brought to city government and we`re asking people to do today is just keep St. Louis moving forward,’ said Mayor Slay.
Aldermanic president Lewis Reed cast his ballot around 6:30am at the Berea Temple Assembly of God on Russell.
Reed told us that it`s time for a change in leadership in the mayor`s office.
‘The murders are up 35%, robberies are up 57%, the lack of jobs throughout our community,’ said Reed.
The cold, winter weather is making for a chilly election day.
But both campaigns believe their supporters will still make it to the polls.
‘We`ve purchased every parka, every poncho in the entire city of St. Louis,’ joked Slay.
He added, ‘I think we ran a very, very strong campaign but in the end it`s about people getting out to the polls and voting.’
‘I`m looking forward to working with Francis Slay if he prevails. But unfortunately it won`t be that way. It won`t be that way. I certainly hope he looks forward to working with me when we prevail this afternoon,’ said Reed.