Friday, February 1, 2013

Lewis Reed V. Francis Slay: Board of Alderman President Nabs South Ward Endorsement

Posted By on Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 2:02 PM

click to enlarge Mayor Francis Slay watches Lewis Reed at a recent debate. - SAM LEVIN
  • Sam Levin
  • Mayor Francis Slay watches Lewis Reed at a recent debate.

The tides are changing in the race for Mayor of the City of St. Louis.

So says the campaign manager for Lewis Reed, the Board of Alderman president hoping to replace Mayor Francis Slay, who is running for an unprecedented fourth term. What's the Reed Campaign's proof? The challenger last night snagged an endorsement from the 15th Ward Democrats, which covers Tower Grove South.

But how are the ward endorsements playing out across the city?

"That ward endorsement has always been a bellwether for where the progressive community is going," Reed Campaign Manager Glenn Burleigh tells Daily RFT. "It is a stronghold of white progressives and it shows which way that community is moving."

The Slay campaign points out that the mayor has gotten a lot of endorsements from some of the 28 wards across the city -- though also notes that the wards decide their endorsements in all different ways so the value isn't always the same.

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Slay Campaign Manager Richard Callow's latest count shows at least twelve ward endorsements for the incumbent.

He also points out that Slay has the support of Jennifer Florida, the 15th Ward's Alderwoman -- who did get the support of the 15th Ward Dems. (Daily RFT left messages for both the committeeman and committeewoman of the 15th Ward Dems).

Lewis Reed talking to reporters this week. - SAM LEVIN
  • Sam Levin
  • Lewis Reed talking to reporters this week.

But Burleigh says that while Reed has gotten endorsements in the north, it's significant that he has the support from this region.

"It's a big indicator," he says.

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Follow Sam Levin on Twitter at @SamTLevin. E-mail the author at Sam.Levin@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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