Thank You, 7th Ward Voters, for Voting 86.51% for Bruce Franks, Jr.

ThankYouVoters.pngTurnout was low for last Friday’s Bruce Franks, Jr. v. Penny Hubbard Re-Vote for 78th District State Representative.

The 7th Ward came in second to 9th Ward, Franks’ home ward.

But we had two weeks to pull this off and we did it! The 7th Ward voted 86.51% for Franks.

Thank you to everyone who came out in the rain and participated in democracy. And a special shout out to the 7th Ward voters who enthusiastically went to their polling place at Sigel School on Friday, only to realize they are in the 79th District and it was not an election day for them.

7th Ward, 4th Precinct (Downtown, votes at Central Library)
Turnout: 10.03%
Franks: 161 Votes (92.53%)
Hubbard: 13 (7.47%)

7th Ward, 5th Precinct (LaSalle Park, votes at St. Vincent de Paul Church Hall)
Turnout: 14.92%
Franks: 179 (77.83%)
Hubbard: 51 (22.17%)

7th Ward, 6th Precinct (Soulard, votes at MCC of Greater St. Louis)
Turnout: 17.96%
Franks: 289 (89.47%)
Hubbard: 34 (10.53%)

7th Ward Total – 3 Precincts
Franks: 629 (86.51%)
Hubbard: 98 (13.48%)

District-wide Vote
Turnout: 15.4%
Franks: 2,235 (76.12%)
Hubbard: 701 (23.88%)

More Election Results for the 78th District Re-Vote, Wards & Precincts

7th Ward Committee Candidates Contact Info & Survey Answers

Vote-QuoteSorry these were not posted earlier.

While the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has ignored the Central Committee races, other media have been covering these races.

‘Young Turks’ in the city look to shape Democratic Party, one seat at a time – July 21, 2016 – St. Louis Public Radio

7th Ward Candidate Marty Murray Jr – July 21, 2016 – Umar Unplugged

Sexism, Lies and Audiotape: Top Aide to Lewis Reed Gets Caught on Covert Mission – May 23, 2016 – The Riverfront Times

August 2nd Missouri Democratic Primary 7th Ward Endorsements

7th Ward Independent Democrats have voted to endorse the following candidates and issues.  7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman Marie Ceselski supports the candidates and issues chosen by the members.

ENDORSEMENTS
August 2, 2016 Democratic Primary
For U.S. Senator: Elect Cori Bush
For Governor: Elect Charles B. Wheeler
For Lt. Governor: Elect Tommie Pierson Sr
For Secretary of State: Elect Robin Smith
For State Treasurer: Elect Judy Baker
For Attorney General: Elect Jake Zimmerman
For U.S. House 1st District: Re-Elect Lacy Clay
For Missouri Senate 5th District: Re-Elect Jamilah Nasheed
For Missouri House 78th District: Elect Bruce Franks
For Missouri House 79th District: Re-Elect Michael Butler
For St. Louis City Circuit Attorney: Elect Kimberly M. Gardner
For St. Louis City Sheriff: Elect Vernon Betts
For St. Louis City Treasurer: Re-Elect Tishaura Jones
For 7th Ward Democratic Committeeman: Elect Marty Joe Murray Jr
For 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman: Re-Elect Marie Ceselski

Chelsea Merta Proposes Unified Downtown For Next 7th Ward: Updated With Map

UPDATED: We’ve marked this map to show the proposed boundary lines for the new 7th Ward. The new 7th Ward would include ALL of the following neighborhoods: Downtown, Downtown West, Lafayette Square, Clinton Peabody, LaSalle Park, Kosciusko, Soulard, McKinley Heights, Fox Park, Compton Heights.
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In its Candidate Survey, 7th Ward Independent Democrats asked the 7th Ward Alderman candidates to propose boundaries for the next 7th Ward.

B10) The City’s Wards will be reduced to 14 from 28 after the 2020 Census. If you are alderman during this redistricting, what current ward would you want to combine with the 7th Ward or what specific neighborhoods would you want to combine to produce the new 7th Ward. Use 2010 Census figures. In the case of combining neighborhoods, the magic number is as close to 22,700 as you can get.

John (Jack) Coatar: I would like to see Soulard, Benton Park,  McKinley Heights, Lafayette Square and LaSalle Park in the same ward. The actual boundaries of the ward will of course be affected by the census figures as well.

Chelsea Merta: The Board of Aldermen should aim to unify our neighborhoods’ micro-economies in order to best implement community programs. The new 7th Ward should include a unified Downtown St. Louis, Downtown to Downtown West; Old Frenchtown’s neighborhoods of LaSalle Park, Soulard, and Lafayette with adjacent Peabody Clinton and Kosciusko; plus Compton Heights, McKinley Heights, and Fox Park. 22,314

Samuel J. Cummings, III: I would consider the culture of the wards being merged.  In the case of the 7th ward, I would favor merging with the 6th because its culturally similar. Additionally, I would merge the 9th that is apart of Soulard Neighborhood past Sydney Ave all the way down including Anheuser Busch.

Chelsea Merta was the only candidate to mention Downtown and champion a unified Downtown in the next redistricting.

We need someone who will not only be a Full-Time Alderman but also an alderman with the vision to begin now, right now, to work on redistricting and design new wards that keep neighborhoods unified.

Elect Chelsea Merta 7th Ward Alderman
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— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Sam Cummings’ Soulard Market Tech Incubator Fail

The 2nd Floor of Soulard Market is a gym used by school children, including Lift for Life Academy.

7th Ward Candidate Sam Cummings wants to remove the gym and replace it with a tech incubator.

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He appears to be unaware that a good deal of time, effort, and money have already gone into a Master Plan for Soulard Market and that it includes renovation of the gym area into market offices and an event venue with kitchen. Or maybe he just doesn’t care.

Is Soulard Market the best location for a tech incubator? What are the costs to renovate the 2nd Floor to accommodate tech start-ups? What are the costs to keep the Market open 24/7 to accommodate entrepreneurs? When he talks about investing in Soulard Market does he mean his personal money? Where will the much-needed Soulard Market event space and kitchen go if a tech incubator gets the 2nd Floor?

Is this a well thought out idea? No.

How much time will Sam Cummings be able to put into projects like this? Not much. He doesn’t consider being alderman a “real job.” He says he’ll be a part-time alderman. His tech pursuits and making money will always come first.

Chelsea Merta is the only 7th Ward candidate who pledges to be a full-time Alderman. Whether it’s the future of Soulard Market or the future of a vacant Downtown property, Chelsea will have the time to study concerns, meet with stakeholders, develop well thought out goals, form public-private partnerships, and get the job done.

Elect Chelsea Merta 7th Ward Alderman

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–Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

 

Elect A Public Transit Advocate: Elect Chelsea Merta

In a recent letter to 7th Ward voters supporting Chelsea Merta for 7th Ward Alderman, St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones wrote:

“She is a gladiator for ensuring that every St. Louisan has the opportunities and resources needed for financial independence. Chelsea is a proponent for the North-South Metrolink Line because she understands that affordable, efficient public transportation and mobility are crucial to boosting the City’s economy and advancing our City’s culture.”

Earlier, members of the 7th Ward Independent Democrats were impressed with Chelsea Merta’s answers to our candidate survey, including her commitment to public transportation.

“I support North-South Jefferson Avenue MetroLink extension. I want to work with state legislators for a referendum vote to allow local option gas taxes. In the City, we could use this for public transit. 10 States have local option gas taxes in use. Why not Missouri? I am also concerned about bus service and pledge to regularly ride buses to be better informed on the quality of service and advocate for riders.”

Chelsea Merta is committed to public transportation.

Chelsea Merta is a creative problem-solver.

Chelsea Merta understands quality bus service is as important as expanded train service.

Elect Chelsea Merta 7th Ward Alderman.

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— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman