(KMOV.com) -- St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay defeated city Alderman President Lewis Reed in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, moving him one step closer to becoming the city’s longest-serving mayor.
Slay’s victory all but assures his re-election for an unprecedented fourth term in the Mayor’s office because there is no Republican in the race.
The final numbers gave Slay 23,968 votes totaling 54-percent, and primary challenger Lewis Reed pulled in 19,494, finishing with 44-percent.
Jimmie Matthews finished a distant third with 575 votes. More than 44,000 votes were cast in the election, a 22-percent turnout.
In his victory speech, Slay vowed to make St. Louis cleaner, healthier, safer, better educated and more inclusive.
James McNeely ran unopposed for the Green Party and will face Slay in the general election on April 2.