By. Chris Stritzel
After an intense few days in trying to find a candidate after Ms.. Hoffman bowed out of the race for Ward 28 Alderman, the Democrats have chosen another candidate. This time around, the candidate is Ms. Heather Navarro. Although her name recognition is small compared to her current competitor, Steven Roberts Sr., she looks to shape up the political landscape in the city by getting yet another young progressive voice into office. that office is the Board of Aldermen. With the Special Election scheduled for July 11th, it will be a tough one for the current two candidates and will be even tougher if Tanya Mason, a Republican, enters the race.
We will reach out to Ms. Navarro for a Mini Question and Answer Session on this website soon. The same will be done for Tanya (if she decides to run) and Steve Roberts.
By. Eli Karabell
Readers & Fans of Building STL, My Story this evening is about the illegal firing of Chief of Police Sam Dotson. Doyle Samuel Dotson served as a loyal SLMPD officer risking his life for the safety of the City & its citizens from 1993 - 2017, longer then many of the readers of this Site, including the Contributor to this article have been alive.
Discomfortingly, Police Chief Dotson was dismissed in a sudden blaze of Political expediency by City Hall. The way the Chief of Police was dismissed, was nothing short of brazen by a group of Power - Brokers in the City of St. Louis who had nothing but ill - will to Chief Dotson. As a City Resident for over 20 years, Business owner in the City of St. Louis & a proud supporter of the SLMPD & its crime fighting mission to keep us safe, I am frankly appalled by the lack of courage, accountability & proper dismissal procedures that were taken to ensure a safe departure for Chief Dotson. As a matter of fact, a cavalier firing such as what happened on April 19th 2017 in Room 200 of City Hall, is unprecedented in the Great History of the River City.
Never has an SLMPD police chief in recent times been fired immediately following an inauguration of a New Mayor. That is brazen, careless & dangerous to the health of the City of St. Louis. Honestly, I do not Blame Mayor Krewson for this disaster with the Chief of Police, but I blame her advisors, political consultants & backers in her political party who had an unfair, sociopathic vendetta against the Chief of Police since day one. No matter who was elected Mayor this cavalier group of unmitigated Anti - Dotson political folk would have tried to play their deck against a Great Chief of Police, the best Chief of Police the SLMPD has had since Chief Ronald Henderson in the 1990s.
Was Chief Dotson perfect? The answer is NO! Granted no Human Being is perfect, but Chief Dotson had many more admirable, accountable & honest character virtues then at least half of the current stock of political hacks who try to play politics with the SLMPD. Chief Dotson is a wonderful person, police chief & human being. The way he was treated was not in the best interests of the City of St. Louis or the region as a whole. I do understand how complex at times the political process of governing can be, but that makes no excuses for using the Police Department as a political battlefield for settling old scores.
SLMPD's number one priority is the safety of the Residents, Business & Commerce of the City of St. Louis. Not political gamesmanship. We must keep the fantastic work of the SLMPD separate from the work of the City of St. Louis. SLMPD is here to protect & serve. That was Chief Dotson's job. For Chief Dotson to get fired over silly political games is not how you operate a healthy police department, for one it only emboldens violent criminals to take more destructive action due to the perception real or not, that the firing of the Chief of Police leaves a vacuum in the Unity of the SLMPD, which in turn, like it or not folks, only creates more havoc for the residents of the City. The way to end crime, reduce issues with Violence in are great City, we must have a united, strong & supported SLMPD at the City level & County Level.
We as a region, have to fund the Police further, since they are deeply underfunded at current levels, we must respect, support & find ways to assist the amazing Men & Women of Local Law Enforcement in stopping violent criminals, ending drugs in the neighborhoods in which residents live & creating communities in which Law Enforcement are assisted, not resisted out of pure ignorance & radical thinking. Again: Assist NOT Resist = Common Sense solutions to most of these issues.
The Honorable Chief Dotson's firing only shows that we have to look much closer to why we allow certain radical elements infiltrate the choices of City Hall. The illegal firing of a great Chief in Sam Dotson proves to us why we need comprehensive reform in City Hall makes choices regarding the important matters in the Region. If we truly want to Build STL then we must hold local leaders accountable for the poor choices they may make in regards to the regional issues hunting us day & night. Sam Dotson ideally must still be locally involved in helping St. Louis achieve greatness, Chief Dotson was a fantastic Chief of SLMPD & I will throw my support & even go so far as encourage him to run as a Republican against BOA (Board of Alderman) President Lewis E. Reed in 2019.
Chief Dotson if you have the opportunity to read this stellar article, then please take into consideration my request that you run as a Republican for President of BOA in 2019. I will fully support you & help you anyway I can! You are a hero to all real supporters of Law Enforcement in St. Louis & St. Louis thanks you for your service to are wonderful City in the SLMPD from 1993 - 2017. I say you are the best Chief of Police in the recent history of the City of St. Louis. Not all residents of St. Louis will agree with my unequivocal support of the Honorable Chief Dotson, I do understand this, I pondered this before writing this article for BuildingSTL but I realized if you don't stand for something then you don't stand for nothing, standing for something that people can believe in, is far better then standing for nothing since when you are flimsy on important matters you end up losing much more then you gain in the long run.
I challenge all my critics to write articles refuting my defense of Chief Dotson, if you have the courage, you will. In the meantime I will continue to support, cheer & honor the wonderful service of the Honorable Doyle Samuel Dotson lll to the City of St. Louis for all those trying years at the helm. Sam Dotson has a bright future ahead in St. Louis.
Just remember, Never play politics with the Police Department, they are far to noble for that.
God Bless the City of St. Louis & the United States of America for years to come. Thank you for your Service Honorable Chief Doyle Samuel Dotson lll - 1993 - 2017. I Wish you the Best on Future Endeavors!
By. Chris Stritzel
It is not every day that a special election is held to fulfill an unexpired term for Alderman in St. Louis. Now, there is a need for a special election to fulfill a term since Lyda Krewson is Mayor now. By her becoming Mayor, she vacated her spot on the Board of Aldermen thus leading to the need of a special election. Now with the date set for this election (July 11, 2017) the race is starting to heat up and is beginning to show some controversy from the Democratic side of things. Let's dig deeper.
There is serious fragmentation in this election so far from the Democratic side. The Democrats chose as their nominee Elise Miller Hoffman (St. Louis Young Democrat Chairwoman). She was chosen over Steve Roberts, who is now running as an Independent. Steve previously served as an Alderman for 10 years before being ousted. He now wants to get back into office as the 28th Ward representative. However, on May 9th 2017, the race for the 28th Ward took of controversial turn which led to the early downfall of the Democrats in this Ward.
It was pointed out on Twitter that Ms. Hoffman did not meet the requirements to run as Alderwoman. She has only lived in the City for a supposed 15 months out of the 3 year requirement. The Democratic Party was silent on his issue until May 10th when Hoffman dropped out and leaving the race in the hands of the Democratic Central Committee. With several of the candidates who wanted the position now angry, chances of any of them being nominated are slim to none which is going to cause issues. If anything, Steve Roberts currently can win unless the Republicans Nominate a Candidate.
According to unnamed sources, Republicans could nominate, if she says yes, Mrs. Tanya Mason. She has expressed interest but will have to make up her mind soon in order to make it on the Ballot. Is she does get in the race, the possibility of Ward 28 being flipped is 50/50. It all revolves around whether or not the Democratic Party can come to an agreement and stop their fragmentation. But for some in the area, they believe it is time for a new party to have a say in the Board of Alderman.
The last Republican Alderman to leave office was Fred Heitert in 2011. He served Ward 12 until he was narrowly ousted by Larry Arnowitz. Now with a ripe time to get back in the game, Republicans could rally voters and push their nominee into office whether it is Tanya or not.
As time goes on, this story will be updated.
Over the next few days, Building STL News will be issuing Support notices to candidates in the Races for Alderman and Mayor Primaries to be held on March 7th. Below is the list. For some Wards, whoever wins the Primary WILL Continue to become that Alderperson for that Ward in the April election. For the Mayor Candidates, a full support notice for one candidate will be released following the March 7th Primary.
Underline denotes a non-incumbent candidate
ALDERMEN and ALDERWOMEN
1st Ward- Re-Election- Sharon Tyus
3rd Ward- Anthony Bell
5th Ward- Megan Betts
7th Ward- Re-Election- Jack Coatar
9th Ward- Dan Guenther
11th Ward- Sarah Martin
13th Ward- Re-Election- Beth Murphy
15th Ward- Jennifer Florida
16th Ward (D)- Tom Oldenburg
16th Ward (R)- Abigail Niebling
17th Ward- Re-Election- Joe Roddy
19th Ward- Lindsay Patton
21st Ward- (No Decision)
23rd Ward- Re-Election- Joseph Vaccaro
25th Ward- Re-Election- Shane Cohn
27th Ward- (No Decision)
Democrat- Lyda Krewson (Incumbent of the 28th Ward Alderwoman Position)
Republican- Andrew Jones
Libertarian- Robb Cunningham
Green- Jonathan McFarland