School Board Candidate Forum Moved To October 7th

newdate2The 7th Ward School Board Candidate Forum scheduled for Tomorrow, Sunday, September 30th has been rescheduled to 1:30 pm Sunday, October 7th. Same location- Nadine’s, 1931 S 12th in Soulard.

Sorry for any inconvenience.


Attorney General’s Office Asks Highway Patrol To Investigate License Collector

I have received a copy of the letter from Missouri Attorney General’s Office to Missouri Highway Patrol, the AG’s investigator, regarding the Political Corruption complaints against License Collector Mavis Thompson. Also enclosed were copies of other complaints on the same matter.



The investigation is an important step toward holding License Collector Mavis Thompson accountable.  These types of complaints usually are dismissed within a few weeks.

Each of us filing the Political Corruption complaints had previously received a letter from the Attorney General’s Office regarding the intent to forward the complaint to the Highway Patrol.

My complaint was filed August 3rd. I cited two laws broken. One on release of protected information and the other an Ethics violation, using public office for personal gain.

I recently blogged on how this could end with a Republican License Collector appointed by the Governor and serving for four years because there is no Special Election for License Collector when there is a vacancy.

License Collector timeline: history of election, appointment, removal/vacancy from 1950-Present.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Airport Privatization News Feed Updated

The Airport Privatization News & Commentary Feed has been updated with three news stories.

You can sign the St. Louis Not For Sale Prop V Petition for a Public Vote on Airport Privatization

10:30 am to 2 pm Saturday @ Soulard Market. Look for people with clipboards.

11 am till ? Saturday @ Fiesta Patrias on Cherokee. Look for the booth.

Noon to 2 pm Saturday @ St. Louis Not For Sale HQ, 3202 S Grand, upstairs

10 am to 1 pm Sunday @ Nadine’s, 1931 S 12th. Ask for Marie. She’ll also have Voter Registration Applications.

6-8 pm Wednesday @ St. Louis Not For Sale HQ, 3202 S Grand, upstairs


Who Will Run 2020 Delegate Selection To Be Decided @ Saturday Meeting

democratic_party_logo2 pm Saturday, September 15, 2018
Missouri Democratic Party 1st Congressional District Committee
Normandy City Hall, 7700 Natural Bridge
Public Transit: #4 Natural Bridge
Open to the Public

This is a committee of all the Democratic Party ward/township committeemen and committeewomen in St. Louis City and St. Louis County with precincts within the 1st Congressional District. The primary function of this committee is to nominate a candidate for special election in the event of a vacancy in the 1st Congressional seat. However, in 2020, the officers will also run Democratic National Convention Delegate Selection at the 1st Congressional District level.

Agenda: This is the statutory Reorganization Meeting held every two years. Election of 2018-2020 Officers will include Chair and Vice-Chair from among Committee Members who live withing the District (one male, one female) and a Secretary and Treasurer from within the District (one male, one female) who may or may not be Committee Members.

It is assumed that Congressmen Lacy Clay’s supporters will run a slate of candidates for the officer positions.

Weighted voting may be used: one vote for each two thousand (2,000) votes or major fraction thereof cast for the Democratic candidate for Governor in the last Gubernatorial election in the Ward or Township within the Congressional District. Every member gets at least one vote.

Applicable State Party By-Laws

Applicable State Laws 

Officers and Committee Members

License Collector History Since Juggy Hayden

Truth1950: 3rd Ward Committeeman Joseph T. “Juggy” Hayden (White Democrat) elected License Collector.

1954: License Collector Juggy Hayden re-elected despite his first of many bad audits and newspaper exposes.

1958: License Collector Juggy Hayden re-elected despite being the first city office to, apparently, Ban the Box. A Grand Jury report noted 10 License Collector employees had criminal records ranging from liquor license violations to embezzlement.

1962: License Collector Juggy Hayden re-elected.

1964: 8 License Collector employees convicted of forging auto sticker applications.

1966: License Collector Juggy Hayden re-elected to most people’s surprise, including Hayden’s. His own staff worked on the campaigns of his opponents. He walked to bridge to commit suicide on Election Night. A devout Catholic, he stopped himself, went home and to bed early, woke up to banging on his door. He had won.

1969: License Collector Juggy Hayden dies.

1969: Governor Warren Hearnes (White Democrat) appoints 21st Ward Committeeman Benjamin Goins (Black Democrat) to fill License Collector vacancy. Goins had run for Sheriff in 1968 and lost.

1970: License Collector Benjamin Goins elected to full term.

1974: License Collector Benjamin Goins re-elected.

1977: License Collector Benjamin Goins wins a Special Election for Sheriff and resigns as License Collector. Sheriff Raymond Percich (White Democrat) elected Comptroller resigns as Sheriff.

1978: Sheriff Benjamin Goins convicted of corruption, lying to a grand jury, and income tax evasion while as License Collector, and removed as Sheriff by quo warranto petition.

1978: 20th Ward Alderman Lawrence Woodson (Black Democrat) appointed License Collector by Governor Joseph Teasdale (White Democrat).

1978: License Collector Lawrence Woodson elected to full term.

1982: 82nd District State Representative Billie Boykins (Black Democrat) elected License Collector.

1982: License Collector Lawrence Woodson, who did not seek re-election, dies at the end of his term.

1986: License Collector Billie Boykins re-elected.

1989: License Collector Billie Boykins removed from office by quo warranto petition for willful violation and neglect of duty following a State Audit showing millions of dollars not collected for the City.

1989: John C. Palazzolo (White Republican) appointed License Collector by Governor John Ashcroft (White Republican).

1990: License Collector John C. Palazzolo resigns to seek treatment for cancer less than four months after appointment.

1990: Steven Doss (White Republican) is appointed License Collector by Governor John Ashcroft. Doss had earlier filed to run against 3rd District Congressman Richard Gephardt (White Democrat), then Majority Leader.

1990: License Collector Steven Doss defeated in election for full term by Tom Nash (White Democrat).

1994: License Collector Tom Nash re-elected.

1997: License Collector Tom Nash resigns

1998: Gregory F.X. Daly (White Democrat), aide to Board President Francis Slay (White Democrat), appointed License Collector by Governor Mel Carnahan (White Democrat).

1998: License Collector Gregory F.X. Daly elected to full term.

2002: License Collector Gregory F.X. Daly re-elected.

2006: 19th Ward Alderman Michael McMillan (Black Democrat) elected License Collector. License Collector Gregory F.X. Daly elected Collector of Revenue.

2010: License Collector Michael McMillan re-elected.

2013: License Collector Michael McMillan resigns to become President of Urban League.

2013: Former Circuit Clerk Mavis Thompson (Black Democrat) appointed License Collector by Governor Jay Nixon (White Democrat).

2014: License Collector Mavis Thompson elected to full term.

2018: License Collector Mavis Thompson wins Democratic Primary. Office of Attorney General (and U.S. Senate Candidate) Josh Hawley (White Republican) announces Complaint against Thompson regarding release of protected information for personal gain will be investigated by Missouri Highway Patrol.

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Are You Ready For 4 Years With A Republican License Collector?

August 3rd, I submitted a Complaint to the Missouri Attorney General against License Collector Mavis Thompson for releasing protected information for personal gain.

Nearly a month later, the Attorney General’s Office informs me that the Complaint is being sent to the Missouri Highway Patrol for investigation.

That’s significant because most Complaints receive a dismissal letter within a few weeks of filing.

This Complaint has legs. I know other similar Complaints have also been filed against Thompson. Blame me all you want, but the issues were going to get investigated. I was just the first, apparently, to the get things moving.

Mavis Thompson is the Democratic Party Nominee for License Collector. There is a Republican Candidate on the ballot. His name is Zachary M. Syberg. He has not filed a committee with Missouri Ethics Commission and did not reply to the League of Women Voters Survey.

The time to withdraw from the November 6th ballot is past. The time to file a petition as an Independent Candidate is past. If Thompson resigned today, she would still be on the ballot and she would win re-election. It’s safe to say that barring a unified Write-In Campaign, Mavis Thompson will be re-elected.

That should concern you because if  the Highway Patrol investigation finds criminal wrongdoing on the part of Thompson, the Attorney General then prosecutes. I say Attorney General because I really think the City’s Circuit Attorney would punt on this.

Charges would be filed. In the end, I think the Attorney General initiates Thompson’s removal by a Quo Warranto proceeding with the Supreme Court. If Thompson’s benefits are at risk, she would likely resign before the Court acted to remove her. Either way, there would be a new License Collector.

Under Missouri law, when a vacancy occurs in the License Collector position, the Governor appoints a replacement for the remainder of the term. There is no Special Election. There is no nominee chosen by political party Central Committees.

The current Governor being a Republican, the replacement will likely be a Republican. The replacement might also be someone who thinks the License Collector Office should be controlled by the Mayor. The replacement might be someone who would be an ally to Rex Sinquefield. In any case, the replacement will not be someone chosen by voters but instead chosen by a Governor no one elected Governor.

I do not see a way out of this other than A) convincing Thompson to announce she is no longer running despite being on the ballot and B) the Democratic Party launching a campaign to elect a Write-In Candidate.

The Deadline for Write-In Candidates is 5 pm Friday, October 26th. Here is the Declaration of Intent that would need to be filed with the Board of Election.

I think Dana Kelly certainly has the name recognition and organization potential to win a Write-In Campaign. Unfortunately, she is prohibited by law for running as a Write-In in an election she sought the Primary Election nomination.

My intent here is to warn everyone of the coming storm, not advance a particular candidate.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman