ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is officially seeking a fourth term, and he’ll face a primary challenge against aldermanic president Lewis Reed.
Both men filed for office Monday, the first day of filing for next year’s election. Both are Democrats in a city that almost always elects Democrats.
Mayor Slay arrived at the Board of Election Commissioners Office at 7:30 a.m. to file. The first person to file gets their name first on the ballot.
While Monday was the first day to file, candidates have until early January to officially register. The primary election for mayor, comptroller, and odd-numbered wards is March 5.
The mayor’s filing for the election has been in the works for some time now. Representatives from his team have been holding his place in line. It’s a process where someone must be physically present at all times Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. There are breaks built in as well.
Meanwhile, as the mayor seeks a fourth term, many believe he could face his stiffest competition yet in the March primary.
Reed, president of the St. Louis Board of Alderman, will likely be second on March 2013’s primary ballot since he registered second.
Reed, 49, served as the 6th Ward alderman for eight years, overseeing several boards and committees. In 2007, he was elected as board of alderman president.
Slay, 57, has won every re-election in landslide fashion since being elected mayor in 2001.
Reed and Slay have been in a bit of a rivalry since rumors began spreading about Reed’s possible candidacy last year. Over the past year and half, Reed has been distinguishing himself from the mayor, as the two Democrats have fought over such things as the mayor’s firefighter pension reform and crime.
But Slay also says Reed has been behind him on several issues, and hasn’t always been so opposed to his policies.
“Frankly, Mr. Reed has supported me,” Mayor Slay said. “I don’t take the people of St. Louis for granted.”
Slay also said he has “a broad basis of support,” including congressman Lacy Clay.