The day is here. Voters will effectively choose the next mayor of the City of St. Louis in today's Democratic primary race, where incumbent Francis Slay, vying for an unprecedented fourth term, will face off against challenger Lewis Reed, president of the Board of Aldermen, and Jimmie Matthews, the underdog former alderman running without campaign donations.
It's been a bumpy ride with new headline-grabbing controversies each week -- scandals and negative press aggressively promoted behind the scenes by operatives working seven days a week to secure the seat for their candidates. From accusations of racism, to criticisms of racist accusations to allegations that the opponent is just trying to distract from the previous accusations, it has, at times, been difficult to keep up.
Check out our recap below of the top ten controversial campaign fights that got the most attention this election season in St. Louis.
Did the mayor purposefully reduce the hours of his opponent's wife as a political attack? Depends on who you ask. Reed told us that Slay intentionally cut the working hours of his wife Mary Entrup, a housing court judge, in retaliation because Reed decided to challenge him.
But Slay's staff said it was a budget decision tied to rising pension costs.
Did Entrup stay on the job?
After accusing the mayor of illegal "pay-to-play" schemes -- in which Slay was allegedly using public resources for campaign activities -- the Lewis Reed camp tried to keep the negative attention alive with a second press release. This one was a response to the mayor's response -- which, according to Reed, was filled with lies.
Slay's team, however, said there was no lying whatsoever. Who to believe?
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