Saturday Town Hall With US Senator McCaskill @ Harris-Stowe

claire9 am Saturday, January 27, 2018
Town Hall Meeting with
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill
Emerson Center, Harris-Stowe University
Open to the Public

Public Transit: #96 Market Street Shuttle from Civic Center (runs hourly on Saturdays)

The Senator will take written questions from the audience.

1/25/2018 St. Louis AmericanMcCaskill to host town hall at Harris-Stowe on Saturday



Your Next City Tax Hike Election May Be August 7, 2018

yTkejEGTEMake your voice heard. Contact your Alderman, Board President, and Mayor. Contact information at end of post.

The Board of Aldermen Ways and Means Committee Today decided not to have a special election for another tax. Instead they are waiting till the August 7, 2018, a statewide Primary Election. This means the City will not have to spend $350,000 on an unbudgeted special election.

Board Bill 58 by 8th Ward Alderman Steve Conway would repeal the Payroll Tax Exemption on Nonprofits with more than 20 employees, subject to public vote.

The Committee did not vote out the bill Today. They just amended it with the August 2018 date. Had Prop P failed Tuesday, this would have been a Spring special election. It is basically now sitting in committee waiting to go to the full Board of Aldermen.

If approved by voters, religious and charitable organizations and institutions, not-for-profit civic, social, service or fraternal organizations, not-for-profit hospitals and not-for-profit educational institutions that employ more than twenty (20) employees would all be subject to the City’s patrol tax. They are currently exempt.

The money would go to General Revenue for appropriation by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment (Mayor, Comptroller, Board President). Technically, the Board of Aldermen also have a role in this but E&A are really the decision makers.

Today’s Ways & Means Committee meeting is available on YouTube here

Competing payroll tax legislation was assigned to the Legislation Committee, not Ways & Means. Board Bill 117 by 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green and 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia would establish a 5 Year Temporary 1/2% Payroll Tax on employees of For Profit businesses and Nonprofits with 250 or more employees for purposes of funding Public Safety, subject to public vote. This board bill has not had a committee hearing.

Contact Information for Mayor Lyda Krewson

Contact Information for all Aldermen and Board President Lewis Reed 


Tuesday School Board Meeting In McKinley Heights

mckinleySt. Louis City Elected Board of Education
6:30 pm Tuesday, August 8th
McKinley Leadership Academy, 2156 Russell
Meeting Agenda

To request being placed on agenda/speak email

McKinley is a great school. Check out…
Middle School webpage
High School webpage
Band Boosters webpage
Alumni Association webpage

The October 10th meeting will be at Patrick Henry Downtown Academy, 1220 North 10th in Carr Square Neighborhood, 5th Ward.

UPDATED: Interested In Running For St. Louis City School Board?

schoolboardTuesday, December 13th, filing begins for the April 4th St. Louis City School Board Election. Filing closes January 17th. The April Election is also St. Louis City General Election for the offices of Mayor, Comptroller, and Aldermen for odd-numbered wards, and two Rex Sinquefield ballot issues.

Three School Board members will be elected on April 4th for seats presently held by Susan Jones, Bill Monroe, and Kathy Styer. School Board members are elected at-large by non-partisan ballot.

List of Current School Board Candidates

Information on Elected School Board

If you are interested in running for School Board, 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 School Board.

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 Weekdays, December 13th to January 17th.

Qualifications for running for School Board:

  • Must be a resident of the City of St. Louis for at least three years.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen for at least three years.
  • Must be a Registered Voter in the City of St. Louis.
  • Must be at least 24 years of age.
  • Must not owe any taxes.
  • Must not have an interest in any contract with or claim against the School Board, either directly or indirectly.
  • Must not be registered or required to be registered as a sex offender.
  • Must not have been found guilty of or pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor under the federal laws of the United States.
  • Must not have been found guilty to or pled guilty to a felony under the laws of Missouri.
  • Must not have been found guilty to or pled guilty to an offense committed in another state that would be considered a felony in Missouri.
  • Must file a Personal Financial Disclosure Statement.
    Must file Campaign Finance Reports with Missouri Ethics Commission.
  • Filing Fee: $100

Missouri School Board Association’s A Candidate’s Guide to Running for the School Board

While we elect the School Board, we were disenfranchised by the State of Missouri and our public schools are run by an appointed Special Administrative Board. Information on appointed SAB. 

On January 10th is of this year, the Missouri State Board of Education voted to give full accreditation to St. Louis Public Schools, a major step toward our elected School Board regaining control of the district.

Late December, the former School Board Member who represented St. Louis City Public Schools on Tax Increment Finance Commission was removed from the Commission.

12/22/2016 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “TIF commissioner who questioned redevelopment ousted, but school board chief says there’s no connection” 

12/22/2016 Riverfront Times: “Appointee Who Opposed City Foundry Tax Break Booted From TIF Commission”

Dr. Molly Metzger’s “What is TIF?” Presentation is a great TIF 1o1.

Some news articles from earlier this year our evolving accreditation and local control situation:

9/16/2016 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Is St. Louis school district getting closer to elected control?

08/29/2016 St. Louis Public Radio: Transition talks for St. Louis Public Schools remain on hold 

2/16/2016 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Appointed board to run St. Louis schools for another 3 years 

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

What Would You Ask Circuit Attorney, Sheriff, and Treasurer Candidates?

365px-Democratslogo7th Ward Independent Democrats seeks your input in our Surveys for Circuit Attorney, Sheriff, and Treasurer Candidates.

We are interested in questions that can be asked all candidates in a race, not candidate-specific questions.

Some questions will be used at our 7 pm April 25 Candidate Forum at Lafayette Park United Methodist Church, 2300 Lafayette.

Examples of our past surveys
2015 School Board Candidates Survey
2015 7th Ward Alderman Candidates Survey

Please send you questions to

Tuesday Filing Deadline for August Primary

wakeupamericaIn St. Louis City, Democratic, Republican, and Green Party candidates are filing for…
Circuit Attorney ($50 Filing Fee)
Sheriff ($50 Filing Fee)
Treasurer ($50 Filing Fee)
Political Party Ward Committeeman and Committeewoman ($100 Filing Fee)

You must file for these offices by 5 pm Tuesday, March 29, at St. Louis City Board of Election Commissioners, 300 N Tucker.

Most recent candidate filings posted by Board of Election Commissioners 
City Filing Requirements/Information

At the State level, in Missouri, Democratic, Republican, Libertarian Party, and Constitution Party candidates are filing for…
U.S. Senator ($200 Filing Fee)
All Congressional District U.S. Representative seats ($100 Filing Fee)
Governor ($200 Filing Fee)
Lieutenant Governor ($200 Filing Fee)
Secretary of State ($200 Filing Fee)
Attorney General ($200 Filing Fee)
State Treasurer ($200 Filing Fee)
Odd Numbered District State Senate seats ($100 Filing Fee)
All State Representative seats ($50 Filing Fee)

You must file for these offices by 5 pm Tuesday, March 29, at Elections Division, Secretary of State’s Office, Kirkpatrick State Information Center, Room 337, 600 W. Main, Jefferson City.

Most recent candidate filings posted by Missouri Secretary of State
State Filing Information