Mayor Francis Slay Raises A Lot Of Money, May Run for Reelection in 2017 for Fifth Term
Mayor Francis Slay made history earlier this year when he was reelected for a fourth term and officially became the longest serving mayor in the city.
Sam Levin Francis Slay on election night in April.
He and his staff have not made any announcements about yet another bid in 2017 for a fifth term, but he's not ruling out.
And his latest campaign finance filing shows that he has raised a lot of money -- considerably more than at this equivalent stage four years ago.
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From April 16 through the end of June, Slay raised a total of $170,067.30, according to a Missouri Ethics Commission report filed on Sunday (and on view below).
Additionally, his total cash on hand is $413,231.07.
Courtesy of Maggie Crane Mayor Francis Slay officially becoming the longest serving mayor in the city.
Comparing this quarter's report to the same one four years ago, the mayor has both raised a lot more during this timeframe and has a lot more money on hand. In 2009, he had raised $13,000 and had $181,000.
The campaign finance page for Slay lists 2017:
A spokesman tells Daily RFT in an e-mail, "People may read into the reports what they will about the mayor's intentions four years from now."
He reiterates what Slay told us on election night back in April -- that he has not announced plans for 2017 beyond saying he hasn't ruled out a reelection bid.
At that time, Slay said:
I'm concentrating on four [years]. I'm not ruling out another run. Some of the things, our goals, are going to take longer than four years. They're going to take five years.
The mayor does, in fact, have a stated "five-year plan" focused on a sustainability theme.
As the Post-Dispatch notes, Slay's fundraising efforts could go toward both his future elections and donations to allies. (In May, Slay donated to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley).
Meanwhile, Aldermanic President Lewis Reed -- who lost his bid to oust Slay as mayor -- has filed two reports, one for his 2015 reelection committee for his current position and another related to paying off his debt from the spring. Reed has also said he plans to run again for mayor in 2017.
In the reelection one, Reed has $44,403.50 on hand. And in his debt committee, it appears he has paid off $18,500.00, but still has $22,708.39 in debt.
Here is Slay's full report followed by the two from Reed.