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WARD 21: Laura Keys

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Your take on crime: Crime is a major concern for all residents of the city.  This is especially true in North St. Louis. An increased police presence in our community is vital to reducing crime. Police must become a standing part of our community that is visible, interacts and serves the people. Crime affects business. We cannot attract or keep major corporations here as long as St. Louis is seen as one of the most dangerous cities in America. Additionally, we are currently losing our population. Approximately 4,000 people annually choose to leave the city for the surrounding counties or other states.

Your take on city finances: The city needs to explore ways to attract and increase new businesses that will generate revenue. Additionally, the city needs to take a look at waste and figure out ways to improve efficiency.

Your take on the city’s COVID-19 response: The response and information overall has been good. I believe that the mayor’s regular broadcasts have (for the most part) been informative. I am disappointed that the city did not immediately mandate that everyone wear masks.

Where do you place yourself on the political spectrum? – Progressive, moderate, conservative, liberal?Progressive/Moderate

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