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Postpone aldermanic special elections, Krewson urges

ST. LOUIS – The vote set for May 19 in the city’s Fourth and 12th wards may be postponed until the coronavirus pandemic has eased.

Mayor Lyda Krewson sent a letter Monday to the city’s Board of Election Commissioners, asking them to reschedule the special election.

“The people of the 4th and 12th Wards deserve an election that’s fair, lawful, but most importantly SAFE for everyone involved,” she said via Twitter. She pointed out that the health department had ordered all residents to stay at home and maintain social distance.

“At this time it is uncertain when these prohibitions will be lifted,” she noted in her letter to the election commissioners. “It is likely that it may not be before May 19.”

The special elections are to fill the vacancies created by the death of 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore on Feb. 25 and the resignation of 12th Ward Alderman Larry Arnowitz on March 3.

The city’s charter requires that special elections be held “no sooner
than 75 days nor later than 90 days after the occurrence of the vacancies.” Because the vacancies happened more than 180 days before the next general municipal election, set for Aug. 4, the special vote can’t be done along with that election.

The new aldermen for the Fourth and 12th ward will serve until the next general municipal election, on April 6, 2021.

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