Tuesday: Vote Tishaura for Mayor #ONESTLOUIS

tj_logo_web7th Ward Independent Democrats
7th Ward Committeewoman Marie Ceselski
7th Ward Committeeman Marty Murray, Jr.
Endorse

For Mayor: Elect Tishaura Jones
For Comptroller: Re-Elect Darlene Green
For 7th Ward Alderman: No Endorsement
Yes on Proposition S

Polls Open 6 am to 7 pm
Polling Place Look-Up 

7th Ward Rides to Polls: 314-630-7599

Election Problems:
Call Board of Election Director at 314-622-4239
Call Board of Election at 314-622-4336
In 7th Ward Call Committeewoman Marie Ceselski at 314-630-7599

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5 pm Wednesday Deadline To Request Absentee Ballot By Mail

Vote-Quote5 pm Wednesday is your last day to request an Absentee Ballot By Mail for the March 7th Primary Election for Mayor, Comptroller, Odd Numbered Wards Aldermen, 16th Ward Alderman, and Proposition S.

Board of Election Absentee Ballot Information

Absentee Ballot Department at Board of Elections: (314) 622-3319 or (314) 622-3230

You May Also Vote Absentee In Person at Board of Elections
February 27 – March 3rd, Monday-Friday 8 am to 5 pm
March 4th, Saturday 9 am to 1 pm

This is a partisan primary. You will be asked what party’s ballot you want. You may choose from Democratic, Republican, Green, Libertarian. Your other option is Nonpartisan, meaning you will vote only on Proposition S.

Board of Election Sample Ballots

League of Women Voters Voter Guide with candidate/ballot issue information

St. Louis Public Radio mayoral candidate profiles 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch mayoral candidate profiles 

St. Louis American mayoral candidate survey

Proposition S Proponent Facebook/Website
Proposition S Opponent Facebook/Website (searched but did not find, let us know if you locate one)

Vote Yes On Prop S

vote-yes7th Ward Independent Democrats have voted to endorse passage of Prop S on the March 7th ballot. The organization’s endorsement brings with it the endorsement of 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman Marie Ceselski.

Prop S, S as in Short Term Loan, will provide funding for local regulation of payday loan and car title loan businesses via a fee on said businesses.

Prop S is important for consumer protection. It also compliments the financial literacy work of Treasurer Tishaura Jones and her mayoral campaign platform on Access to Responsible Banking and Credit.

prop-sProp S (Board Bill 70) is a ballot issue created by Alderwoman Cara Spencer (20th Ward). It asks St. Louis City voters to authorize a fee for the permitting of short term loan businesses. These funds would be used to pay for the local regulation of said businesses.

Prop S is the funding mechanism for its companion Board Bill 69 by Alderwoman Cara Spencer (20th Ward) to establish a Short-Term Loan Code for St. Louis City.

Board of Aldermen records show mayoral candidates Jeffrey Boyd (22nd Ward) and Lyda Krewson (28th Ward) were absent and did not vote on both bills.

Here are a few news stories on this issue as it was making its way through the legislative process at City Hall.

6/3/2016 St. Louis American: Alderman Cara Spencer proposes new regulations for payday lenders in STL 

6/24/2016 St. Louis Public Radio: Aldermen take aim at ‘payday loan’ establishments 

11/04/2016 St. Louis Public Radio: After months of delay, aldermen give initial approval to restrictions on payday lenders 

11/10/2016 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Lawmakers vote to crack down on payday lending, voters have final say 

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

CORRECTED – Independent Candidate Petitioners May Not Vote In March Party Primary

610d85f975a754f077e921c4c92582d5March 7th is the St. Louis City Primary Election for Mayor, Comptroller, and Aldermen of odd numbered wards, plus a special election for Alderman in 16th Ward, and Proposition S.

It is a political party primary. It is a partisan election. Primary elections have been held in Missouri since 1908. Prior to that, political parties met in conventions to nominate their candidates for federal, state, and local offices in General Elections.

When you vote in the March 7th Primary, you will be asked what political party ballot you want. In this election, you may choose from Democratic Party, Republican Party, Green Party, or Libertarian Party. This election has one local ballot issue, so you may take out a nonpartisan ballot to vote only on a ballot issue.

Candidates for Mayor for all political parties are listed here with their contact information, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts are listed here. If you find an error or have information or a link to fill in a blank, please email us the information.

Independent candidates for Mayor, Comptroller, and Aldermen, must qualify for the April 4th General Election Ballot by submitting signatures of supporters to the Board of Elections.

CORRECTION: We had the wrong deadline date for Independents to file. We said Tuesday, January 17th based on Missouri Secretary of State Elections Calendar. That is the correct date for final day of filing by candidates for School Board and Community College Trustee, but not Independent candidates who must secure signatures to get on the ballot. According to the St. Louis City Board of Election Municipal Election page, the last day for Independents to file is the “eighth Monday prior” to General Election, which would make the filing deadline Monday, February 13th.

On January 25th, the Board of Elections finally got around to posting filing information on Independent candidates.

St. Louis City Charter 2.08.330 regulates the nomination of Independent candidates: “the signers shall declare, in such certificate, that they are bona fide supporters of the candidate sought to be nominated, and have not aided, and will not aid, in the nomination of any other candidate for an elective city office.”

By signing an Independent candidate’s petition, you are nominating a candidate for public office. If you nominate an Independent for the General Election, you cannot help nominate a candidate by voting in the Primary Election, you may only take out a nonpartisan ballot to vote on Proposition S.

Section 115.323 Revised Statutes of Missouri also prohibits a voter from nominating more than one person for an office.

Political parties and Independent candidates may obtain Credentials for Challengers at each polling place. Signature on a nominating petition for an Independent candidate may be used to challenge the right to cast a ballot in the Primary Election.

St. Louis City Board of Elections Election Day Challengers and Watchers Policy

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Nominating petitions are public records.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman, with apologies for confusion regarding the filing date for Independent candidates.

Interested In Running For 7th Ward Alderman?

City Hall3Next Monday, November 28th, filing begins for the March 7th St. Louis City Municipal Primary for the offices of Mayor, Comptroller, and Aldermen for odd numbered wards. Filing closes January 6th.

If you are interested in running for 7th Ward Alderman in the Democratic Primary, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman Marie Ceselski (630-7599) would like to have coffee or a beer with you to talk about your running and answer any questions you have about filing or running, including campaign finance reporting requirements.

Here is some basic information about filing for alderman that applies to all wards.

Where and When to File: Filing is done at the St. Louis City Board of Election Commissioners, 300 N. Tucker between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday, November 28th to January 6th.

Qualifications for running for Alderman:

7th Ward Neighborhoods: All or part, sometimes a few blocks, of the following Neighborhoods- Benton Park, Compton Heights, Downtown & Downtown West, Fox Park, Kosciusko, Lafayette Square, LaSalle Park, McKinley Heights, Near North Riverfront, Peabody Darst Webbe, Soulard, Tower Grove East.

7th Ward Map

– Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

2016 Primary Candidate & Ballot Issue Forums

Tentative Dates for 7th Ward Independent Democrats sponsored Primary Forums:

Monday, April 18th
St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Candidates
St. Louis City Sheriff Candidates
Ballot Issues

Monday, May 16th
1st US House District
78th Missouri House District
79th Missouri House District
Ballot Issues

Monday, June 20th
Governor
Lieutenant Governor
Secretary of State
Attorney General
State Treasurer

Filing opens February 23rd and Closes March 29th. Additional information on filing.

We’re checking to see if Lafayette Park United Methodist Church Hall is available for the Forums.

Candidates will be required to submit completed candidate surveys in advance of participation. Some Survey questions will be used in the Forum. Our past Candidate Surveys and Responses are posted Here. If you’d like to suggest a question for one of the 2016 Surveys, please submit to ward7stl@aol.com.

Surrogates will only be permitted for statewide candidates and 1st US House District candidates.