ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Tuesday, March 7 is the St. Louis municipal primary election. Voters will be called to select the main candidates for St. Louis mayor and aldermanic positions, as well as the future of regulating payday loan businesses in the city.
Mayor Francis Slay, the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history, declined to run for a fifth term in office. Term limits are not in effect for the position.
For nearly seven decades, every mayor of St. Louis has been a Democrat, meaning the winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary will likely be the next mayor. Mayor Aloys P. Kaufmann was the last Republican to hold the office, from 1893 to 1949.
Seven men and women have declared for the Democratic nomination and three men on the Republican side. The Libertarian and Green parties each have one person running in the primary. Meanwhile, Kacey Cordes and Rev. Larry Rice have pledged to run in the general election as independent candidates.
The full list of mayoral candidates is as follows (candidates are listed alphabetically, with links to either a campaign site or Facebook page if applicable):
Jeffrey Boyd, Alderman
Antonio French, Alderman
Bill Haas, School Board Member
Tishaura Jones, City Treasurer and former State Representative
Lyda Krewson, Alderwoman
Jimmie Matthews, pastor and former Alderman
Lewis Reed, President of the Board of Alderman
Andrew Jones, business executive at Southwest Electric Cooperative in Illinois
Andy Karandzieff, owner of Crown Candy Kitchen
The polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. However, if you are in line at the time the polls close, you will be allowed to vote! You can find your voting place by clicking this link and entering your address.
In addition to the mayoral and aldermanic primaries, Proposition S puts the matter of regulating payday loan companies in the city. If approved, the law would require such businesses to post what they charge in interest and fees, increase the permit fee for payday loan companies, and use those new funds to create a commissioner position to oversee the enforcement of all regulations on said businesses.
You can find a sample ballot below. It lists all candidates across the major parties and presents the full text of how Proposition S will appear on the ballot.