St. Louis voters go to polls in mayoral primary

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Associated Press

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 5:41 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 5 at 7:44 PM

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis voters went to the polls Tuesday morning to decide whether incumbent Mayor Francis Slay deserves a fourth term.

Tuesday’s municipal primary was expected to decide who will be mayor. No Republicans are running, and the Democratic nominee will be heavily favored over Green Party candidate James Eldon McNeely.

Slay is opposed in the primary by Aldermanic President Lewis Reed and former alderman Jimmie Matthews. All three voted at various polls throughout St. Louis Tuesday morning.

Slay has cited the accomplishments of his 12 years in office, including efforts to rebuild neighborhoods and make the city more tolerant.

But Reed and Matthews have both attacked the mayor’s record. Reed says the crime rate is too high, corporations have left St. Louis and Lambert Airport has declined.

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