#Keep28 Ballot Issue

Petition 28This is an effort for a Re-Vote on Ward Reduction. Our goal is retain 28 Wards, stop reduction to 14 Wards.

7th Ward Independent Democrats and 7th Ward Committeewoman Marie Ceselski support a Re-Vote on ward reduction and oppose reduction because…

  • Doubling the size of each ward will result in increased cost of running for alderman and party committeeperson. Fewer aldermen and higher campaign costs will make it much easier for billionaire Rex Sinquefield to influence ward elections. The 2012 Reduce & Reform ballot issue committee donated its leftover funds to a Rex Sinquefield organization. Mayor Krewson hired a Rex Sinquefield lobbyist. 
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  • Fewer wards will reduce the number of African Americans serving on the Board of Aldermen, reduce representation of voters that did not support ward reduction in the 2012 election.
  • Since the 2012 Reduce and Reform ballot issue which approved ward reduction, supporters have failed to publicly say what “Reform” they seek. It is time for them to be honest with voters and tell us what the end game is, what they want to accomplish with 14 aldermen that they cannot get done with 28. Re-entry into St. Louis County? Change strong mayor-council government structure to city manager-council? Increase salaries for aldermen? Replace earnings tax with higher sales tax? Privatization of Airport, Water Department, Refuse Department, Parking Department?

We are currently seeking signatures to place this on the April 2, 2019 Municipal General Election Ballot by initiative petition. The April ballot goal gives us an opportunity to solicit signatures at the August and November polls.

The effort is supported by the St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee. The Petition Committee members are…
State Senator & 11th Ward Committeeman Jake Hummel
Collector of Revenue & 12th Ward Committeeman Gregg F.X. Daly
20th Ward Committeeman Dale Sweet
18th Ward Committeeman Jesse Todd
23rd Ward Committeeman John Carpenter

7th Ward Committeewoman Marie Ceselski was asked to serve on the Petition Committee but she declined due to the family commitments at that time.

Ward Reduction History…
2012: Reduce BOA from 28 to 14 Passed
2004: Reduce BOA from 28 to 15 Failed
1983: Reduce BOA from 28 to 16 (via initiative petition) Failed
1957: Reduce BOA from 28 to 15 Failed

In 2012, the vote turnout was increased not only because of the Presidential Election but also statewide ballot issues on local control of St. Louis Police Department, tobacco tax, and an anti-Obamacare measure. These issues brought out many more right-leaning voters.

In 2012, most African American majority wards- 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 18th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 26th, 27th- did not give ward reduction the 61% vote necessary for passage.

If you would like to help with the petition drive, contact Committeewoman Marie Ceselski at 314-630-7599

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