Bring School Supplies To 8/13 Old Frenchtown Bingo Party

cheeseboard2-4 pm Sunday, August 13th, 2017
Old Frenchtown Bingo Party
Nadine’s Gin Joint, 1031 S 12th, Soulard
Hosted by Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman
Event webpage

There will be Bingo Prizes and some special items for a School Supply Donors Drawing, including this handsome Soulard Street Names Cheese Board donated by Looking Glass Designs in Lafayette Square.

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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

10 am Sunday 10th Street Mall Clean Up

Please join Marty Joe Murray Jr., our 7th Ward Democratic Committeeman Candidate, and friends to clean up this gem in LaSalle Park. Marty has tools/bags from Operation Brightside and will provide snacks. The only thing we are missing right now is a weed wacker. Bring one if you have one. Meet us on 10th Street between Park and Hickroy. Additional information on 10th Street Pedestrian Mall. Contact Marty with any questions 425-9259.

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New Board of Aldermen Session: Bill Filings

City Hall3Make your voice heard. Contact your alderman and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact information at end of post.

Some of the 2016-2017 BOA Session’s first proposals include…

Board Bill 3 by 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd would create a waste tire program for St. Louis, an effort to address waste tires, a serious environmental issue. Might be some grant money for us from the State.

Board Bill 7 by 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer would prohibit semi truck traffic along parts of Chippewa, Keokuk, Osage, and Kosciusko.

Board Bill 11 by 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar for Zoning changes to Downtown and LaSalle Park Neighborhoods.

Board Bill 21 by 1st Ward Alderwoman Sharon Tyus to remove stock option related income from earnings tax exemption. She had also filed this proposal, or a similar one, late 2015-2016 Session.

Board Bill 30 by 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar to create a Wharf Vending District and  Riverfront Vending Committee comprised of St. Louis Port Authority Manager, City Special Events Director, City Streets Director, Executive Director of Great Rivers Greenway and another member designated by the Executive Director of Great Rivers Greenway.

Board Bill 36 by 28th Ward Alderwoman Lyda Krewson, 2nd Ward Alderwoman Dionne Flowers, 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green, 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer to create a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in partnership with St. Louis County. Here’s an Post-Dispatch article on City proposal and an article on County program.

Board Bill 40 by 28th Ward Alderwoman Lyda Krewson and 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer relating to drug overdoses and medical assistance.

And lots of development/blighting bills. Lots and lots of those.

6th Ward Alderwoman Chrissy Ingrassia is sponsoring Resolution #5 regarding the City applying for a grant from Missouri Land and Water Conservation Fund to improve Aloe Plaza across from Union Station Downtown.

Contact information for Aldermen

Contact information for Board President Lewis Reed

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

No Door-To-Door Voter Registration When It’s Below Freezing

Due to temperatures predicted for below freezing, the Committeewoman is making an executive decision to cancel Saturday’s door-to-door Voter Registration Drive in LaSalle Park Neighborhood.

We had a fantastic, diverse crew of ward members, Firefighters from Local 73, and other volunteers coordinated for Saturday. I hate losing that opportunity. But I am not going to ask firefighters, who are accustomed to brutal conditions, to register voters when I will not allow my own members to do so because of weather conditions.

We will plan on registering voters the following Saturday, January 17th, and Monday, January 19th (Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday). Hopefully, it will be warmer, sunnier, and less windy.

We will do lit drops in February regardless of temperatures. Lit drops are constant movement. I’m OK with us walking around when it’s below freezing. If you can walk the dog, you can deliver door hangers. It’s the standing outside doors in frigid conditions that I have safety concerns about.

Thanks to everyone who offered to help this weekend. Stay warm and healthy!

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman