Mayor Francis Slay on Historic Reelection: "This Was Anticlimactic" (But Might Run Again 2017)

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Sam Levin
Slay arrives at his campaign headquarters.
"Twelve more years!"

So joked one Francis Slay supporter at the mayor's campaign headquarters last night as a modest crowd waited for the incumbent to arrive and officially declare his very unsurprising reelection victory. With little fanfare, Slay walked in around 9:15 p.m. soliciting cheers from the crowd, packed into the Grove district office, drinking wine and beer (and some whisky, too).

No St. Louis mayor has ever held four four-year terms -- and Slay, who has had the position since 2001, told reporters he could try for another term in 2017.

"I'm concentrating on four [years]. I'm not ruling out another run," he told a small group of reporters. "Some of the things, our goals, are going to take longer than four years. They're going to take five years."

Eight more years?

In the primary election last month, Slay defeated St. Louis Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed, his only real threat this year, paving a certain path to his historic victory last night (against a virtually nonexistent Green Party candidate).

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Sam Levin
Addressing reporters last night.

And that certainty seemed to set the tone for the low-key event, attended mostly by staffers, friends and close supporters. He's going to have a more formal victory party next month.

"I think this was anticlimactic in the sense that people felt like the big election was [past]...so there wasn't a heavy turnout, there wasn't a big motivation," the mayor said. "I can tell you this: I vote in every election, because I want to be able to complain if there's something I don't like and it's good to see more people vote, but here...people felt like it was an anticlimax situation."

Still, he said, "I'm looking forward to continuing to move this city forward. I love the people of St. Louis. I love the city, and it's just a great honor for me."

Slay does have a five-year plan, focused on the theme of "sustainability," that includes arts and culture initiatives, infrastructure goals, health improvement objectives and more.

Continue for more of Slay's comments last night and for more photos.

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Chris Bergh
Chris Bergh

LOL Thank you Peggy Keller and Joe Torrence, for using a little intellect and ration to explain to this man why he's just plain wrong. I can't always swallow my rage long enough to bother. John Nevettie, there's plenty of cronyism and corruption inherent in local politics, and a lot of it DOES involve the local Democratic political machines. But it's uninformed and racially inflammatory to blame this problem on minorities and the poor. If you'd like to see a change take place in our community (St. Louis) why don't you try introducing new ideas for how the situation Peggy explained can be solved. Reform and budgetary oversight are useful tools for political change, and if you can introduce them in a palatable manner which is constructive and doesn't seek to lay blame on the poor and disadvantaged, I believe it will have intrinsic appeal. Try taking the high road and you'll see how much better political victories feel when it's done the right way.

Darrell Ford
Darrell Ford

Looks like I'm in the minority here...CONGRATS Mayor Slay, I voted for you and I think you're doing a great job. I will take down & toss my lawn sign today...or maybe just save it for 4 more years.

Joe Torrence
Joe Torrence

Hey guess what John Naievette, over here in Omaha (you may have heard of us on Forbes' 25 best places to live) where we've weathered the recession better than nearly anywhere in the country, we have a pretty awesome mayor by the name of Jim Suttle who is *gasp* a Democrat. Your theory is baseless, not to mention obnoxious and obtuse.

Peggy Keller
Peggy Keller

You forgot that the inner cities used to be filled with mostly white people until southern blacks moved in to the neighborhood during the Jim Crow era migration, the whites then fled the inner city because they were racists. This created artificially low property values in the city and high values in the perimeter so that the poverty stricken and low wage earners moved into the city because it was the only place they could afford. Because they were poor, there was not enough money to make routine repairs to the homes and the homes fell apart. Hard to afford a new roof when you work for minimum wage or can't work at all. White flight took place long before "welfare" and food stamps and black women were not even eligible for assistance until after the civil rights movement.-but decades and decades of poverty and illness and not being able to afford "county" rents has created a system where some pockets of the city are filled with the severely poor. Any area that has a high concentrated population will always be run by democrats because democrats understand the volatility of a crowded area with several demographics and they know how to keep it stable. The GOP obviously does not- and you are a perfect example of that. So, you can thank your racist parents and grand parents for creating those miserable cities. But in the mean time, perhaps you should learn some history of your city and gain some knowledge of what "Welfare" is and who gets it that and food stamps: Hint- White southern republicans. Come back when your brain has dried off.

Chris Bergh
Chris Bergh

...and don't forget filled with hateful racists such as yourself. Please stop with these age old racist canards about how minorities and the working poor are lazy and unproductive. How would you feel if I went on a hateful screed about white people and their beady eyes and how untrustworthy and inclined to theft and deceit they are? Yeah, I don't think so.

James Madison
James Madison

Democrat or Republican, entrenched politicians are a threat to freedom. they start believing they have real power, and not the people they serve.

John Nevettie
John Nevettie

The top 20 most miserable cities all have what in common??? THEY ARE ALL RUN BY DEMOCRATS!!! THEY PROMOTE WELFARE AND FOOD STAMPS LIKE CANDY AND GET REELECTED BY THOSE WHO ARE IN AND ENDLESS CYCLE OF SUCKING THE GOVT TIT...

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