Aldermanic President Lewis Reed Concedes Mayoral Primary To Slay

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KPLR) - Supporters of Lewis Reed waited for more than 3 hours after the polls closed to hear the news they did not expect to receive.

Reed told his supporters that he was conceding to Mayor Francis Slay.  The votes just weren't there.

Many of his supporters were shocked because they felt there was a certain fatigue over having the same mayor for the past 3 terms.

"I think his time's up," said Reed supporter Ted Thornton.   "I think it's time to move in another direction."

When Reed addressed his supporters he said they were a diverse group that truly represented St. Louis.

The crowd gathered at the Carpenter`s Hall in South St. Louis where several union members were there to show their support.

"A lot of us who support city employees and firefighters are looking for a change in the city government and how it`s run," said Reed supporter Jeff Haantz.

Reed called on his supporters to stay united and to help change St. Louis for the better.

Reed also criticized the media for its handling of the issue of race.  Reed says shortly after he announced his campaign Slay was quoted as saying he hoped Reed wouldn't play the race card.  He felt the media spent too much time questioning him about that instead of exploring other issues.

He hoped St. Louis would find a way to get beyond issues of race that have divided the city in the past.

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