By. Eli Karabell
The President of the Board of Alderman Race is shaping up be quite exciting, considering the high stakes potential this election poses for our City of St. Louis
The incumbent President Lewis Reed is up for reelection in a position which has no term limits. President Reed has served as the President of the BOA since 2007.
President Reed has many accomplishments to bent including being on the cutting - edge of many new inventions, parliamentary practice, effective Government reforms & a general commitment to excellence to serve the BOA & the Citizens of St. Louis.
President Reed has been extremely popular among the vast majority of St. Louis voters for over 10 years. Before being President of the BOA, President Reed was the 6th Ward Alderman in the Shaw, Compton Heights, McKinley Heights & Botanical Garden Neighborhoods. President Reed was instrumental in creating a Safe 6th Ward where his neighborhood has resembled excellence since his first years as Alderman.
President Reed continues to live in the 6th Ward with his Family.
Megan E. Green an Independent - Democrat is also running for President of the Board of Alderman. Currently Alderwomen Green Represents the 15th Ward in Mid South St. Louis, which includes the areas around Tower Grove Park, South Grand Business District, Tower Grove South & environs. Alderwomen Green was first elected in 2014 succeeding longtime Alderwomen Jennifer Florida who ran for the Recorder of Deeds office against Sharon Q. Carpenter. Alderwomen Green has been very popular among Progressive Democrats & Republicans, having a crossover appeal among Progressive voters in general.
Alderwomen Green has been at the forefront of many important social, civil & legal fights including being the Sponsor of the BB203 which contained strong language to protect Women's healthcare in St. Louis. BB203 was Co - Sponsored by 6th Ward Alderwomen Ingrassia & passed handily in the BOA 10-17 in early 2017. Alderwomen Green has been a national Democratic - Independent figure for many years, at one time being a Leader of the College Democrats at Penn State University, her Alma Mater. Alderwomen Green is viewed as a Potential National or State Democratic figure depending on how she performs in the President of the BOA race, along with successful passage of her other accomplishments which as of yet, will remain to be seen. Alderwomen Green stands for what her constituents in the 15th Ward desire, easily winning over 68% of the vote against her opponent in the Democrat primary last year, Jennifer Florida, the Former Alderwomen. Interesting to see what Alderwomen Green will do in this fluid & exciting BOA Presidency race.
As Alderwomen Green has stated in a recent St. Louis Post Dispatch article: “I’ve been the underdog in every race I’ve been in. But St. Louis is a much more progressive city than our elected officials reflect."
'Green contends she’s already played a significant role in driving the legislative agenda at the Board of Aldermen, by introducing bills governing community benefits agreements, marijuana decriminalization and police reform.'
“I’ve been leading the conversation at the Board on these issues." Alderwomen Green is a serious competitor for the Presidency of the Board of Alderman & she is somebody to keep on your Political radar this upcoming Presidents race in 2019.
Another major challenger who may make both these Politically savvy Lawmakers sweat, is State Senator Jamiliah Nasheed representing the 5th Senatorial District which includes most of the City of St. Louis eastern half. Senator Nasheed is one of the most experienced, thoughtful & effective State Senator's in Missouri history. Senator Nasheed has been a State Senator for over 5 years serving with high popularity among her constituents. Senator Nasheed is highly trusted to accomplish the tough tasks, jobs & bills which need to be made. Senator Nasheed took the lead on advocating for Clean Government, Safe policing & body cameras on our police, in addition Senator Nasheed was very effective at promoting the new developments of the NGA in North St. Louis across the street from the former Pruitt - Igoe Complex, the New SLU Hospital expansion where the former Pevely Deary was located at the Corner of Grand & Chouteau Avenues in the Midtown district of St. Louis, all while she was advocating for cleaning up the corruption of Jefferson City. As a State Senator, Nasheed has championed Minority Rights, Gay Rights, Muslim Rights & a litany of other important issues relating to Equity indicators, implementing the Ferguson Report fully in St. Louis City & County, policing reforms, community policing strategies & helping establish mentorship opportunities for area youth who are at risk in a Senatorial District which is heavily African - American & at risk of a lack of effective resources to combat these pressing matters.
Senator Nasheed has been a hero to her constituents who have reelected her handily to the Missouri Senate. If elected to the Presidency, Senator Nasheed would also make History as both the First Female President of the Board of Alderman, along with being the first Muslim President of the Board of Alderman. (Footnote: The Author is Muslim). Senator Nasheed is term - limited for her time in the Senate, where she has one of the Highest Approval ratings of any State Senator from the 5th Senatorial District in the State's history.
BuildingSTL will be watching as State Senator Nasheed runs for the Presidency of the Board of the Alderman with interest, along with all the other Democratic candidates for the Seat.
On The Republican Side:
No Republican Candidates have announced intentions to compete for the President of the Board of Alderman seat. Former St. Louis Police Chief Doyle Samuel Dotson lll has been floated as Potential GOP candidate for the seat, along with Andrew M. Jones Jr. who previously ran for Mayor of St. Louis against now Incumbent Mayor Lyda L. Krewson, then 28th Ward Alderwomen. Another potential Republican challenger could be 20th Ward Republican Committeeman, Erik Shelquist who previously was the Republican nominee in 2014 for President of the Board of Alderman against Incumbent Board President Lewis E. Reed. Republicans have also floated the idea of running Robert Crump, 23rd Ward Committeeman for the seat.
None of the above mentioned Republican Party individuals have expressed a solid Yes or No answer in regards to there intentions in running for the Presidency of the Board of Alderman in 2019. When Mr. Karabell (The Author) questioned these individuals for this Article, they would not respond to request for comment.
No Independents, Greens, Socialist Party or Libertarian Party candidates have appeared to accept there respective parties nominations for this important election. If we find out more information on the intentions of Third Party Candidates, BuildingSTL will let the readers know.
BuildingSTL knows this election is very important to the future health, growth & stability of the City of St. Louis. This website is very excited to have the opportunity to cover such a monumental election. We all here at BuildingSTL sincerely wish all the candidates the best of luck in this election!