Speculation begins on who will run for Mayor of St. Louis - KMOV.com

Speculation begins on who will run for Mayor of St. Louis

Posted: Updated:
Photo Credit: City of St. Louis Photo Credit: City of St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) --The words though were barely out of the mayor's mouth before the speculation started. People tossing names out of who could be the next mayor of the city of St. Louis.
 
News 4 spoke with a number of leaders, many of whom are thanking Mayor Slay for his service in a very difficult job.
 
"I can certainly see why he's tired, but it came as a big a big surprise to us,” said Alderman Joseph Roddy. Mayor Slay's announcement almost seemed to echo off the walls of City Hall on Friday.
 
Aldermen and other leaders surprised by the news even as their focus turned toward the future. "He did a wonderful job at several things, but I am looking forward to someone who can be progressive, and move our city forward and be acceptable to new ideas,” said Alderman Chris Carter.
 
Carter is definitely *not* putting his name in the hat.
 
But Alderman Lyda Krewson of the 28th Ward says she's thinking about running for the spot while aldermen Scott Ogilvie of the 24th Ward tells us he's considering his options. Of those names being floated around, there's one leader that's a definite.
 
"Absolutely I'm running, I am looking forward to discussing the issues of the city with people all across this city and engaging the stakeholders," said Board President Lewis Reed. Reed was defeated by Mayor Slay in the last election; he's going to try again. But this announcement changes the race.
 
Another familiar face in City Hall, Collector of Revenue Greg F.X. Daly is also strongly considering a bid. "I am very dedicated to the City of St. Louis, it's something I’ve made a career of, I’m very interested, just need to see where things go from here,” said Daly.
 
It's a wide open field right now. And many more could enter the race. City Treasurer Tishaura Jones sent us a statement saying she's taking time to consider her options.
 

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson told News 4 that he believes Slay has had a very positive impact on the city. When asked if he was interested in running, Dotson said "he loves his job" as police chief, but did not say whether he wants to run for mayor.

During his press conference, Slay said he told his family about his decision Thursday night and informed his staff Friday morning. 

News 4 reached out to other people whose names are being floated, but didn't hear back.

Copyright 2016 KMOV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Watch News 4 Now

Mouse over player for controls · LAUNCH FULL PLAYER

Powered by Frankly