Here are some of the reasons 7th Ward Independent Democrats have endorsed Chelsea Merta for 7th Ward Alderman.
Independent Democrat: Chelsea Merta is the only 7th Ward candidate who does not have any political baggage or owe anyone political favors. She’s Not The Establishment Candidate. She’s Not Status Quo.
Commitment: Chelsea Merta is the only 7th Ward candidate who pledges to be a Full-Time Alderman for as long as the voters believe she has earned that opportunity to serve. She’s not campaigning for Alderman as a stepping stone to run for State Representative, or Citywide office, or Congressman.
Leadership: Chelsea Merta was the only 7th Ward candidate to attend and give testimony at the recent public hearing on a Civilian Review Board for the St. Louis City Police Department. She spoke eloquently as a civil rights attorney and daughter of a police officer. She led rather than sit on the sidelines.
Reducing Crime: Chelsea Merta is the only 7th Ward candidate to propose specific programs to reduce crime. Getting on the More Police bandwagon is easy. The harder work is addressing root causes of crime- such as poverty- and police-community relationships. Chelsea Merta will work to create more police-youth social interaction opportunities.
Taxpayer Advocate: Chelsea Merta is the only 7th Ward candidate looking at the City Budget for cost savings to free up funds for priorities such as public safety. She will sponsor a charter amendment to move Spring City Elections to Fall State Election dates, cutting $500,000-$750,000 a year in the Board of Elections Budget while increasing voter participation at the same time.
History Tourism: Chelsea Merta is the only 7th Ward candidate to commit to working with our neighborhood associations, businesses, and institutions to increase history tourism in our neighborhoods. She will work to return Bastille Day Weekend to Soulard and help establish an Old Frenchtown Tour for Lafayette, LaSalle Park, and Soulard neighborhoods, to show off historic sites and homes for sale.
Vision: Chelsea Merta is the only 7th Ward candidate to propose uniting Downtown into one ward during 2020 redistricting. In fact, she’s the only candidate to propose boundaries for the new twice as big 7th Ward.
Wow Factor: Chelsea Merta is the only 7th Ward candidate who speaks three languages. She communicates effectively in English, Spanish, and Arabic.