The Eastern Missouri Laborers’ District Council (EMLDC); Laborers Local 110 and Laborers Local 42 announced their endorsement last week of Lewis Reed for his re-election as Board of Aldermen president.
“I am honored to have the endorsement of the EMLDC, Local 110 and Local 42 in our City. In order to move our city forward, we are going to need to work together to make change. I am grateful for their support,” said Reed.
The Eastern Missouri Laborers’ District Council (EMLDC) encompasses that portion of Missouri, including nine local unions covering 62 counties plus the City of St. Louis. It has more than 9,000 members.
In 2007, Reed became the first African-American ever elected as President of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen. If re-elected, he pledged to continue to focus on public safety; creating jobs and other opportunities for young people; and improving city neighborhoods.
In a statement, Reed’s campaign also touted endorsements from Democratic ward organizations in the 12th, 17th and 23rd Wards, as well as the St. Louis Fire Fighters’ Local 73. Reed has also been endorsed by a majority of the members of the Board of Aldermen, including 1st Ward Alderwoman Sharon Tyus, 2nd Ward Alderwoman Lisa Middlebrook, 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley, 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore, 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar, 12th Ward Alderman Larry Arnowitz, 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy, 17th Ward Alderman Joe Roddy, 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy, 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis, 21st Ward Alderman John C. Muhammad, 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey L Boyd, 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro, and 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd.
Reed’s opponents in the March 5th primary include 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Ellyia Green and Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed.