With the candidates filed and and ready to go, a interesting Mayoral Race has begun. There are 12 declared candidates from 4 parties and 1 Independent who plans to run against the Democrat nominee. So this means the 2017 could be the year the Democrats lose the Mayors office. Here is a rundown of the Candidates for Mayor.
DEMOCRAT PARTY- 7 Candidates
- 28th Ward Alderwoman Lyda Krewson
- City Treasurer Tishaura O. Jones
- President of the Board of Aldermen Lewis Reed
- 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd
- School Board Member Bill Haas
- Former Alderman and Political Joke Jimmie Matthews
- 21st Ward Alderman Antonio French
REPUBLICAN PARTY- 3 Candidates
- Crown Candy Owner Andrew Karandzeiff
- Businessman Andrew Jones
- Businessman James Osher
LIBERTARIAN PARTY- 1 Candidate
- Robb Cunningham
GREEN PARTY- 1 Candidate
- Jonathan McFarland
- Kacey Cordes Mahrt
This list includes 3 past candidates for Mayor (Robb Cunningham (L), Lewis Reed (D) and Jimmie Matthews (D)
The Candidates all have their own ideas except Andrew Karandzeiff (R) who has stated that he does not want to Mayor but is using this campaign as a publicity stunt for Crown Candy. But it appears he may be out of luck as many people are already declaring they are going to drag him into the general election by voting for him. Even Democrats in the City want him to be the Mayor which says a lot.
But back to the reasoning for this post, a description of the candidates and their chances. And for Republicans, Libertarians and Independents, a clear cut path to victory.
She is at the top of the list for Mayor in the Democrat side of things. Her background is one that is sad (her original husband was murdered) but also controversial. She has recently came underfire for her support of Gun Control (which doesn't work well, look at Chicago) which has angered some. Lyda is expected to clinch the Democrats nomination for Mayor following the March 7th Primary.
He has been President of the Board of Alderman for a while now and it appears that his loss last time in the Mayors Race wasn't enough to keep in from staying out of it. He is in the Race but a very quiet candidate who is relying on the Northside to deliver him a victory, since the Southside isn largely made up of White voiters who rarely vote for African Americans. That already is not enough to deliver him his wish, so I am just going to say now that he has lost.
A former Missouri Representative and currently the Treasurer, you can say she is a Career politician. Her ideas Center around bringing the City into the 21st Century and reforming the Police Department to target the crime that has crippled the City's national image. The idea of her becoming Mayor is a interesting one but she will fall to Lyda Krewson considering the high amount of African American candidates in the Race and lack of support on the City's South Side.
Mr. French has been Alderman of the 21st Ward for a while now but that hasn't stopped him from being the most followed Alderman on Twitter. He has caused controversy by taking part in the Riots of Ferguson and being arrested making him a nationally known person. Back in St. Louis his path is foreclosed considering that many people have a high unfavorability rating among the people of the Southside of St. louis.
Probably the biggest loser on here with literally no path to victory, he has ran for many St. Louis government positions and lost every single time. With no real plan and plastering his signs across the city illegally, he won't be Mayor in his lifetime for sure.
The only other White Person running for Mayor from the Democrats and has ran for many positions like Jimmie Matthews but lost every time. He has no chance once so ever. I have never heard of him and I am sure that is the case for a majority of citizens in the City of Saint Louis.
He was a surprise when he filed for Mayor as a Republican with many fearing he could win. That appears to be the case however. A growing number of people calling him out on Twitter and Democrats joking about him on their won accounts are basically giving him a free pass to the Mayors office. Andrew has even said that he is only running as part of a political joke and wants the campaign to be a publicity stunt for a Crown a Candy. However, because of the people of Twitter, and his wife forcing him to become serious, it appears he can win if he gets out the 21,000 Republicans who voted in the General Election and take the Lienratioan voters (2,300) and Constitution Party Voters (700), he could pull off a surprise victory if he were to become serious, which the people have already declared they are making him serious. So he has a 40% chance at being Mayor if he were to campaign off of Safety and of course, his Milkshakes.
He is a businessman with some name recognition. He hasn't made himself known yet but he recently launched a campaign site (andrewjonesformayor.com) and has plans to go really public soon with radio and tv ads. His campaign focuses around St. Louis becoming a safe and highly rebound beacon of Civic Excellence according to his website. His willingness to work with the Democrats is high which will be good if he does get elected. His best craves to get elected are 50/50 if his ads are listened to and the media covers him well, he could win in a head to head match up. And if he follows the voter count like I said earlier.
The man who owns the Buster Brown Shoe Company up on the Northside is running on the campaign ideas of Eminent Domain being bad and Taxes being rediculous in the city as well as wasteful spending. He also wants to make the city safer. His chances are lower than the other 2 on this list but if he were to launch ads and a website, he could be noticed more and clinch the City's mayoral ship is he follows the path to 24,000 voters.
He who failed at State Senate Races and the Mayors Race in 2009 has no chance to win considering how he doesn't run ads or have a campaign website or Twitter. This all combined makes him a candidate who can't win at all and Joins Jimmie Matthews and Bill Haas as people who don't have a chance.
He to is also one of those people who has ran and lost. I've never heard of him and he has a path to victory but it is very lsight. He would have to win over the extreme far left liberals of the City of St. louis in order to win, but other than that, I can't see him winning.
Kacey Cordes Mahrt
She will announce her Candidacy for Mayor in January 17th according to her website KC4STL.com her campaign slogan is Progress, Prosperity and Peace. She has a high chance of winning considering she is her own party with her own platforms. She also has big money backing her and friends in the Post Dispatch, so she is one person to really watch out for on this list.
So these are out candidates for Mayor of the City. Each one is eager to win (except Andrew Karandzeiff) and replace Francis Slay. Whoever wins though needs to make St. Louis safer and better and hopefully change the city for the better in every way. More details on the Mayoral Election will follow in the next few months.