Filing opened this week for candidates for city offices, including President of the Board of Alderman. Current Board President Lewis Reed filed for re-election, and will face challenges from 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Ellyia Green and Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed during the primary election on March 5, 2019.
Reed is the first African American to be elected to that office, and has served since 2007. In addition to presiding over the Board of Aldermen, the president also sits on the powerful three-member Board of Estimate and Apportionment (E&A) with the mayor and the city comptroller. Green announced her intention to run nearly a year ago after she and Reed publicly feuded over the funding of the football stadium. Nasheed currently represents the fifth district in the Missouri Senate, but cannot run for that office again due to term limits. She has already made critical comments to the press about Reed’s decision this week to vote for a major league soccer stadium without the protection of a community benefits agreement.
Voters will also go to the polls to vote on 14 aldermanic seats in even-numbered wards to decide which candidates who will appear on the April general election ballot. Presently all members of the Board are Democrats. As of Wednesday, incumbents in Wards 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, and 28 were unchallenged.
On the south side, Alderwoman Carol Howard (14th Ward) faces a challenge from labor activist Tony Pecinovsky; Alderwoman Cara Spencer, who is white and represents the majority black 20th Ward, faces one challenger so far, Satia Hutton. Scott Ogilvie, the current 24th Ward alderman, announced last month that he would not be seeking re-election, and two candidates, Loraine Cavin and Bret Narayan, have filed to replace him.
On the north side, 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd is being challenged by Tonya Finley McCaw. Following the retirement of long-time 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy, Democratic Committeeman Jesse Todd and activist Jeffrey Hill, Jr. have filed to replace him. As reported by St. Louis Public Radio on Monday, November 26, The Rev. Darryl Gray stated his intentions to file early next month after Kennedy officially leaves office. As of Wednesday, no one had filed for 26th Ward alderman. That seat is currently held by Frank Williamson.
The filing window for these offices opened on Monday, November 26. The last day for candidates to file is January 4.