Reed heads to fourth term as board president

Barring an unexpected upset in the April general election, Lewis Reed appears to be headed for a fourth term as president of the Board of Aldermen.

Reed, who was elected president in 2007, got 12,416 votes, or 35.63 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, to best three challengers. State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed received 11,012 votes, or 31.6 percent of the total, Ward 15 Alderwoman Megan Green 10,868 votes, or 31.19 percent, and persistent candidate Jimmie Matthews received 547 votes, or 1.57 percent.

Reed’s only opposition in the April general election will be the Green Party candidate, Jerome H. Bauer.

Only 17.83 percent of registered voters cast ballots.

“This has been an amazing night,” Reed told supporters at a watch party at Vin de Set at 2107 Chouteau Ave., right after results were announced. “I’m just so thankful for all the work that so many people have done.”

Reed said the city has lots of difficult decisions to make in the days ahead.

“We have to figure out what we’re going to to do with the city-county merger, which is going to take a lot of big decisions on all of our parts,” he said. The city will have to grapple with airport privatization, rebuilding the tax base and eliminating the Delmar Divide, he said.

For her part, Nasheed said her team did everything they were supposed to do. “Those phony progressives were the downfall of the city moving forward,” she said.

Nasheed congratulated Reed but said she would be holding his feet to the fire. “He’s still got to answer to me,” she said.

Green said she needs as much energy as she put into the campaign to deal with major fights ahead.

“While we fell short tonight, the work does not end. It may be a little bit harder,” she said. “Tomorrow we have to get right back out there and protect our public assets. We have to build a city hall that works for people, and we have to make sure we are not selling out our tax base to big political donors.”

In 12 contested races for Democratic nominations, all incumbent candidates won.

Labor activist Tony Pecinovsky came closest to beating a sitting alderman when he took 622 votes, or 48 percent of the vote, against the 674 votes, or 52 percent, of Ward 14 incumbent Alderwoman Carol Howard.

In one hotly-contested South Side race, attorney Bret Narayan garnered 907 votes to easily win the Democratic nominations in the 24th ward. The total for other candidates were Lorie Cavin, 231; Teri Powers, 101; Danny Sample, 123; and former Alderman Tom Bauer, 271.

In another South Side race Ward 6 Alderman Christine Ingrassia received 922 votes to easily beat her three opponents. Debra Carnahan, a member of a major state political family, took only 580 votes. Other vote counts were 406 for Cedric Redmon and 175 for Henry Gray.

Ward 10 incumbent Alderman Joseph Vollmer won 968 votes to defeat challenger Pat Hickey, who received 623.

In Ward 12, incumbent Larry Arnowitz easily won with 1,297 votes, against the 295 votes of Derrick Neuner and 153 votes of Cassandraw DeClue.

Ward 20 incumbent Alderwoman Cara Spencer got 660 votes to the 289 cast for Satia “Sunni” Hutton.

In the North Side, incumbent Ward 4 Alderman Samuel Moore got 516 votes to defeat Robert Dillard, with 127 votes, Leroy Carter, with 146 votes, and Edward McFowland, with 176 votes.

In an open race in Ward 18, Jesse Todd won with 390 votes. The losing candidates were Jeffrey Hill, 113 votes, Darryl Gray, 265 votes; Judith Arnold, 180 votes; and Elmer Otey, 56.

Incumbent Ward 22 Alderman Jeffrey Boyd received 594 votes and beat Tonya McCaw, with 390 votes.

In an open race in Ward 26, Shameem Hubbard received 522 votes to defeat Leata Price-Land, with 454 votes, and Jake Banton, with 445 votes.

Two unopposed incumbent candidates were Thomas Oldenburg in the 16th Ward and Heather Navarro in the 28th Ward.

Jim Merkel Born and raised in the St. Louis area, Jim Merkel covered communities throughout the area from 1991 to 2013 for the old Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis. He is the author of five books about the Gateway City published by Reedy Press. The latest is Growing Up St. Louis: Looking Back Through the Decades. He and his wife, Lorraine, live in the Bevo Mill neighborhood of south St. Louis with Miss Jenny the Cat. For more about Jim, visit

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