This Draft of the Minutes of the January 27, 2018, Meeting of St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee shows discussion AND action relating to Independent Candidates occurring after Fundraising and before Right to Work reports. The sequence of events is incorrect.
The issue and heated exchanges began earlier when By Laws were discussed. The Independent Candidates issue was not on the Agenda for the meeting. I was under the impression that the issue was tabled until another meeting. This misunderstanding was largely due to the failure of the group to use microphones, which I had previously requested.
I left the meeting during General Discussion, after Redistricting came up
That evening, I was informed that the Independent Candidates issue came back up in General Discussion and there was a vote to request 8th Ward Committeewoman Annie Rice to resign.
Committeewoman Rice was at her MICA Board meeting instead of the Central Committee meeting. Again, she was not on the Agenda.
I had her proxy and should have been the person to speak on her behalf. Again, she was not on the Agenda. I feel very bad for not being there to represent her and cast both of our votes against the resignation motion.
It appears that Central Committee will amend its By Laws to censure or request resignation from all of us who support Annie. I have already written the Committee on this.
Annie Rice is a Democrat and I am proud to support her.
— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman
I have written St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee requesting the Committee seek a veto from Mayor Krewson on Board Bill 92 to reduce authority of City Treasurer Tishaura Jones and to support any lawsuit by the Treasurer to strike down the legislation.
The Votes by Aldermen are not available on the BOA website yet.
As mentioned in the email, Central Committee previously opposed elimination of Recorder of Deeds and state legislation to reduce authority of our elected Sheriff.
Consistency dictates if Central Committee will defend two elected county offices against takeovers, it should do the same for a third county office, and all county offices.
Board Bill 92 is sponsored by 22nd Ward Alderman, and perennial citywide candidate, Jeffrey Boyd, who came in 5th of 7 candidates for mayor in March of this year. He received only 1,439 votes. Jones came in 2nd with 16,374, only 888 votes separating her and winner 28th Ward Alderwoman Lyda Krewson.
Boyd came in 3rd of 4 candidates in the August 2012 Treasurer election in which Jones won her first term.
In August 2014, Boyd ran and lost to Mavis Thompson for City License Collector.
Perennial Candidate, that’s Jeffrey Boyd. Sore Loser.
6/22/2-17 St. Louis American: Using reserve funds is only a quick fix
7/6/2017 St. Louis American: Political payback still holds St. Louis back
— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman
We need to know who are our friends at every level of government, who we can depend on to stand with us against Rex Inc. That includes the Board of Aldermen.
We have an opportunity to vet 28th Ward Alderman candidates and find out where they stand on issues, including Rex Inc. related issues. We should take it. I am asking, again, that St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee invite all candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for 28th Ward Alderman to our Thursday meeting to answer our questions.
One candidate will get the nod from Central Committee and one or more rejected candidates will file as Independents. By vetting each of the candidates now and making this information known to the public, we would be providing a public service– information on citywide/regional issues that likely might not even come up within 28th Ward-only forums.
We should find out where each of the 28th Ward Alderman candidates stands on, as examples,…
1) Forced re-entry of City into County
2) Privatization of St. Louis Lambert International Airport
3) Privatization of City Refuse services
4) Privatization of City Water Department
5) Re-Vote on Ward Reduction
6) Maintaining our County elected offices as elected
I understand this is hard for many of you, breaking with tradition, the idea that we not merely nominate the chosen alderman candidate of the ward’s committeeman and committeewoman. But this is an opportunity to find out where candidates (plural) stand on issues important to our future as a party, a City, and a region. I think that is our responsibility here, not rubber stamping a nominee.
Also, I have consolidated the Rex ballot issues information to a new Say No To Rex blog and Twitter account @SayNoToRex to keep track of Rex-related news.
7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman
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)