My Email Tonight To Central Committee On 28th Ward Candidates

Dear Central Committee Colleagues: Yesterday on St. Louis Public Radio, we found out Missouri Senate Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin) would carry the ball for Rex Inc.’s anti-St. Louis Agenda, including selling off St. Louis Lambert International Airport and forced re-entry of St. Louis City into St. Louis County.

Rex Inc. is negotiating privatization of St. Louis Lambert International Airport with no input from aldermen or public. The pro-privatization website by Rex Inc. appears to be saying this is the greatest thing ever and nearly a done deal.

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.

Marie Ceselski
7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman
313-630-7599

This Weekend

fish-fryFriday 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

bruceonfloor5-8 pm Soulard: American Legion BKZ Post 422 @ 2601 S 11th @ Sidney – Cod

Politics

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

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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)