ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Nearly two months after St. Louis Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed announced he would be running for St. Louis mayor, he filed his official paper work at the Board of Election Commissioner's Office Monday morning.
Monday was the first day mayoral candidates could file, but not the last. Candidates have until early January to get their name in.
Lewis Reed’s name will likely be second on March 2013’s primary ballot since he registered second. Mayor Francis Slay was reportedly the first person in line at the office when they opened at 7:30 a.m. Candidates names show up on the ballot in the order in which they registered.
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.