How many people were on the democratic ballot for St. Louis mayor yesterday? 7. Yes, seven people. In the end Lyda Krewson won a fairly close race against runner up, Tishaura Jones. She won by 888 votes according to the latest update. If even half of the other 6 would not have placed themselves on the ballot, Jones would probably have won. Lewis Reed and Antonio French combined to garner over 18,000 votes and if either one had sat out there would be a different new mayor today.
It's rather bothersome to me on some level that yesterday's primary means Krewson will be the new mayor of St. Louis. Nothing against Krewson but the general election next month means nothing, there are just not enough republican voters to make a competitive election in that city. Same is true in most big cities but it just doesn't seem like a healthy situation.
Interestingly, the first and only question I heard a local tv reporter ask Krewson after it was certain she'd be the next mayor was, "Where do you stand on the proposed MLS soccer stadium?" She answered that a soccer stadium would be a good thing and that was that. No questions on gun violence or city schools issues. Or anything else.