ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – During a press conference on Wednesday, St. Louis Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed announced he will be running for St. Louis mayor.
Reed, speaking at Sqwires Restaurant in Lafayette Square, cited “ineffective leadership” and the city’s high crime rate as two reasons he wants to be mayor.
"We can continue to live in a city where no one seems to be accountable or we can have engaged leadership that's willing to accept responsibility," he said.
He will face Mayor Slay in the Democratic primary in the spring of 2013.
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.