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Mayor Slay announced he will not seek re-election Friday, April 8. (KMOV) Mayor Slay announced he will not seek re-election Friday, April 8. (KMOV)
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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay will not run for re-election.

At 11 a.m. Friday Slay made the announcement that he would not be seeking another term.

In the press conference, Slay said he has been proud to be a representative of the city.

“Although St. Louis is still very recognizably the city that I have represented in one elected position or another since 1985, it is also a city that has slowly won back some of its swagger as a place to start a business, to raise a family, and to walk and ride a bicycle to work. I love what we are becoming,” the fourth-term mayor said.

Slay cited Tuesday’s election as one of his proudest moments as mayor.

“This past week, city voters were presented an opportunity to go a different direction: to start down a 10-year path that would have seen the city, inevitably, leave some people behind. Since rich people almost always turn out OK, the intended victims are easy to guess. City voters, by an overwhelming percentage and in the face of the most expensive negative campaign ever mounted here, refused to go along,” said Slay.

During his speech, the city’s 45th mayor said he told his family of his decision last night and informed his staff Friday morning.

The mayor said he has not ruled out running for another public office because he does have almost $1 million in his campaign account.

Slay squashed speculation that Hillary Clinton asked him to be her running mate. He also said the St. Louis Football Club has not named him as manager.

While he has not endorsed a successor, Slay said he may in the future.

In 1985, Slay was elected to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen as a representative for the 23rd ward. Ten years later, he was elected President of the Board of Aldermen, and four later, without opposition, was re-elected.

Slay was elected mayor in 2001, making him the city’s longest serving mayor.

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