The 7th Ward Independent Democrats Facebook Account is back up and running. Sorta.
None of us associated with the account have a clue what we’re doing.
2-4 pm Sunday, January 21st, 2018
5th & 7th Wards Downtown Happy Hour
314 City Bar, 1137 Washington
Collector of Revenue Gregg Daly will give a report on the recent City Hall DMV controversy
School Board President Susan Jones will discuss this week’s decisions to support return of SLPS governance to the elected school board
SLMPD 4th District Captain Renee Kriesmann will update on crime and crime prevention
Discussion on August 7th $50 Million GO Bond Ballot Issue
Discussion on Charter Amendment to Repeal City Residency Rule
Food Collection for our Brothers & Sisters on Strike at Christian Care Home. https://labortribune.com/seiu-healthcare-workers-at-christian-care-home-forced-to-strike-over-unfair-labor-practices-managements-refusal-to-negotiate-in-good-faith/
Sign the Audit St. Louis Petition at this event if you have not already done so.
Register to Vote at this event.
Attendance Prizes – Some great gift cards
This event is in lieu of Save City Hall DMV Letter Writing Happy Hour which is unnecessary because we already won!
2 pm Sunday, August 27th
314 The City Bar, 1117 Washington
Sponsored By 5th Ward Committeeman Rasheen Aldridge and 7th Ward Committeewoman Marie Ceselski
Register for Attendance Prize Drawings- event drinks/appetizers and 5th & 7th Ward business gift cards
Open to the Public
We are collecting new backpacks for kids and school supplies to help Andrea’s efforts. Here is the St. Louis City Public Schools School Supplies List.
You can drop off school supplies and backpacks at the olive green and white School Supplies container on the potting table at 1911 S 11th Apartment C, in back and upstairs.
You can also drop off at the July 17th Drinking Liberally Happy Hour.
Or drop off at Looking Glass Designs, 1917 Park or the next Lafayette Park Concert.
Call 7th Ward Committeewoman Marie Ceselski at 314-630-7599 with any questions.
Friday Fish Frys
4:30-7:30 pm McKinley Hts: Holy Trinity Serbian Church @ 1910 Serbian Drive – Catfish, Tilapia, Cod
4:30-7:30 pm Soulard: St. Agatha’s @ 3239 S 9th & Utah – Tilapia & Polish Beer
5-8 pm Soulard: American Legion BKZ Post 422 @ 2601 S 11th @ Sidney – Cod
9-11:30 am Saturday 78th District Empowerment Rally with State Rep. Bruce Franks @ 2720 Cherokee – Legislative Updates, Ballot Issue Speakers, Community Resources, Donuts – Free
9 am Saturday St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee Meeting @ Best Place Event Center, 5736 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr – Open to the Public
10 am Saturday McKinley Heights: Spring Planting Day @ McKinley Meadows, 2258 Missouri
1-3 pm Sunday Soulard: 7th Ward Seed Swap Happy Hour @ Nadine’s, 1931 S 12th (RSVP)
If Leonard Johnson wants to become 7th Ward Alderman, the first thing he should do is quit his job with the City Treasurer. Current 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar resigned from the City Circuit Attorney’s Office before he announced running for alderman. And he made a very big deal about it during the campaign.
Johnson is Deputy Chief of Staff, management, a salaried position. He’s not on a clock. Staying on while running for alderman is unnecessary, bad publicity waiting to happen.
This issue is sure to attract more than a little attention because the City Treasurer, Tishaura Jones, is running for mayor. Her election is my political priority, and fast becoming my personal priority. We do not need distractions such as Leonard Johnson.
So why would Leonard Johnson do this? Is he that selfish? Doesn’t he get it? Is he actually trying to help another candidate for mayor? I don’t know the answer but I am leaning more and more toward the last.
Why doesn’t the City Treasurer fire Johnson or force him to take a leave of absence? I would think it has to do with the City Treasurer being a patronage office, not Civil Service. Patronage employees have First Amendment rights that Civil Service employees do not have. It’s not the first time a patronage office employee has run for alderman. In the case of the Treasurer’s office, however, it appears that employees have a right to run for public office without any restrictions.
Leonard Johnson told me that his boss initially resisted the idea of his running but was now OK with it. In reality, the City Treasurer cannot legally stop him from running or force him to quit or take a leave of absence. I am not even sure if there is such a thing as a three month leave of absence for other than medical/family leave.
There is huge difference between being OK with the decision of an employee and not being able to do anything about it. In my book, Johnson was not honest with me.
And this is a personnel issue with legal consequences, so I certainly understand why the Treasurer is not in a position to say much on the matter.
Leonard Johnson first approached me over two years ago about his interest in becoming alderman. Rumors were circulating that Alderwoman Phyllis Young wanted to retire, would resign, and there would be a special election. And then I didn’t hear back from him until recently. My guess was he was only interested in being alderman if there was no primary.
Leonard Johnson had two years to lay a foundation to run in 2017 against Jack Coatar and he didn’t do it. He had two years to become active in every neighborhood association, meet thousands of voters, understand the wants and needs of his would be constituents.
When he called me about running in 2017, he asked me for information on the Kosciusko neighborhood association. He wanted to be alderman and didn’t know Kosciusko is the industrial tract in the ward. Again, he had two years to learn 7th Ward 101. He made no effort.
But Leonard Johnson doesn’t really want to be alderman. That’s part of the problem here. His boss is running for mayor. He figures there are coattails. He figures at least one organization that will go door to door for him. He figures the 7th Ward Committeewoman and Committeeman can be bullied into endorsing him. He doesn’t really like city politics but he wants to be a state senator. That’s what is going on. He thinks becoming alderman puts him in play to replace term limited Jamilah Nasheed. I really wonder where this ridiculous idea came from. It’s quite a leap from alderman to state senator, almost as big as from state senator to mayor.
Johnson was scheduled to work the 7th Ward’s Sigel School polling place on General Election Day. He was supposed to hand out the 7th Ward Independent Democrat‘s sample ballot and Draft Tishaura flyers. 7th Ward Independent Democrats was making its endorsement of Jones for mayor early morning on election day. We wanted to be the first ward endorsement.
Johnson was given instructions to hand out ballots as people went into polling place and Draft Tishaura flyers as they came out. After the election, I found out Johnson had been handing out the ward sample ballot and his own campaign literature, not the Draft Tishaura flyers. He was basically using us to campaign for himself. Yes. Why on earth would I think he is either very selfish or helping another mayoral candidate, or both?
The 7th Ward needs a good candidate against Jack Coater. Unfortunately, that is not Leonard Johnson. Fortunately, filing just opened Monday and I am optimistic that a real choice will be on the ballot.
–Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman