St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson enters mayoral race

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson has announced his candidacy for the mayor's office.

Dotson announced his plans Wednesday to seek the mayor's office in the 2017 election.

Shortly before Dotson announced his candidacy, current Mayor Francis Slay said he'd expect Dotson to resign if he seeks the office. Slay says St. Louis has to have a full-time police chief. Slay isn't seeking re-election.

But Dotson says he will focus on his job as chief during the day and will campaign at night and on the weekends.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports ( ) that in addition to Dotson, 28th Ward Alderwoman Lyda Krewson and Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed have officially said they're running for mayor.