On April 4th there will be municipal elections all over the St. Louis area and Metro East. On the ballot in the city of St. Louis is the election of a new mayor and even though there are two people running, one democrat, one republican, it's well known that the democrat will win. The race for mayor took place during the primary, St. Louis city never elects a republican.
In the Metro East many races are hotly contested with signs everywhere, Facebook pages with lots of comments, elections which make it worthwhile to turn out.
But here in Clayton you'd never know there was to be an election for city government. An aldermanic position from each of the three wards is open and in two of those wards only one person is running. In ward 3 (downtown) there is finally some competition with 2 running. I have seen no signs anywhere or any talk of this election. There must not even be school board position on the ballot or a proposition. So what will we have to vote for come the 4th? St. Louis Community College trustees or some such.
Sometimes when doing our morning walk with local Clayton neighbors we talk about how little information ever comes out from the city. You really have no idea what's happening with local government. The Facebook page is mostly filled with upcoming events, not city hall news. There is no local paper and the monthly City Views has become a one pager with little of interest. If you happen to run into your alderman while walking or in a store you might learn something about what's going on, but that's about it.
Too bad really. A city this size should have lots of news to report. What I appreciate about Collinsville is how much news you can get. While there is really no local paper, there are Collinsville Facebook pages which are very active and city council meetings are videoed live as well as archived on the website for viewing.