As announced today, Francis Slay, Mayor of St Louis will not run for a 5th Term. This announcement comes during a time when the city is teetering over good and bad but leaning towards good. This opportunity is the time that The City gets a new leader that will Make us Great Again. The next mayor needs to aim at these following points...
- Making the City safe (Crime needs to decrease)
- Better School systems
- Fix up the run down neighborhoods (See Old North St Louis for Example of this)
- Bring the population back
- and Investing into having more businesses in the city
These are going to have to be though about when the Next Mayor, Possibly Republican, takes office. It's now or never to Make St Louis Great Again and believe me, it will happen when the Next Mayor takes office. While his campaign slogan "Keep St Louis Moving Forward" didn't always have the positive idea it had, some things were done that helped move the city forward. After soon to be 16 years for him, I think it is time for a new Mayor.
BELOW IS HIS SPEECH
Last week, NGA director Robert Cardillo made public his preference for St Louis to be the site of his agency’s next new headquarters. As his justification, he cited a city that is more likely to attract and retain - also engage and entertain - the sort of employees the NGA is going to need in the next several decades.
His words were heartening. That is exactly the kind of city that I, and a very talented team, have been trying to build.
Although St. Louis is still very recognizably the city that I have represented in one elected position or another since 1985, it is also a city that has slowly won back some of its swagger as a place to start a business, to raise a family, and to walk and ride a bicycle to work. I love what we are becoming.
This past week, city voters were presented an opportunity to go a different direction: to start down a 10-year path that would have seen the city, inevitably, leave some people behind. Since rich people almost always turn out OK, the intended victims are easy to guess. City voters, by an overwhelming percentage and in the face of the most expensive negative campaign ever mounted here, refused to go along.
Election night on Tuesday was one of my proudest moments as mayor.
It was also one of my final nights staying up late worrying about election returns.
I will not be a candidate for mayor next year.
To forestall some questions: