Monday, December 23, 2013

Vote for St. Louis' 2013 Person of the Year; Daily RFT Names Our Top 5 Finalists

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Pope Francis is Time Magazine's person of the year. Sedalia named Tuffy the Clown.

Now, it's St. Louis' turn.

Mayor Francis Slay put together 50 of the Lou's most influential -- for good or for bad -- newsmakers for St. Louisans to chose from. After one round of voting, Slay says he'll announce the final five Thursday for a 2013 St. Louisan of the Year showdown.

Up for the honor are Michael Wacha, the Cardinals' right-handed rookie pitcher, Walter Metcalfe, the driving force behind the improvements coming to the Gateway Arch, and Brownie the dog, whose tragic death shone a light on animal abuse in St. Louis.

Not all the nominees are people. Donuts, marathons and drones all have spots in the top 50.

St. Louisans can vote for five of the nominees, and Slay will announce the final five Thursday.

We've put way too much thought into this, and here's who we're voting for:

Continue reading to see our top 5.

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