It’s safe to say St. Louis voters would like to know the vision that both Francis Slay and Lewis Reed have for St. Louis, but it is not clear if we will get that before the March 2013 primary.
A few questions that came to mind for me:
- What do each think are the challenges facing the city through Spring 2017 and beyond?
- For Slay what did you wan to get done in your first three terms that hasn’t happened yet? Why not? (County reunification anyone?)
- For Reed: How would city government be different if you are elected mayor?
Here are the results of the poll:
Q: Thoughts on the 2013 race for St. Louis Mayor?
- Hopefully we’ll get to see their visions rather than just negative ads of the other 33 [24.44%]
- Slay’s reelection war chest will ensure he wins 19 [14.07%]
- It’ll be a very close race 15 [11.11%]
- With a good ground game Reed can overcome Slay’s money advantage 14 [10.37%]
- It won’t be a close race, a 10+ point spread 12 [8.89%]
- It’s good to have two qualified candidates to pick from 12 [8.89%]
- I liked it better when Slay didn’t have a serious challenger 10 [7.41%]
- Other: 10 [7.41%]
- Too early to think about it 4 [2.96%]
- Unsure/No Opinion 3 [2.22%]
- A 3rd candidate could muddy the choice for voters 3 [2.22%]
- No mayor has won a 4th 4-year term 0 [0%]
The “other” answers were:
- Same ol’, same ol’
- Its time for Mayor Slay to step down.
- Reed is nothing but a racebaiter and hopefully he will not win.
- The only thing different about these two is the color of their skin.
- It will become a racial race, white vs black,
- slay must go!!
- Paul McKee wins big if Lewis Reed unseats Slay.
- poor poor stl what terrible options you have
- GO SLAY!
- How are they different again?
Both Slay & Reed are seasoned politicians so it will take effort from the media and public to demand substance from them.
– Steve Patterson