ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay took the oath of office Tuesday for an historic fourth time.
Slay says the theme of his coming term will be “hope and urgency.” He says his goals include opening twenty schools, reducing green house gases, and creating an international trade hub at Lambert Airport.
The Democratic mayor also said during his brief speech that he sees St. Louis as a global business competitor, a magnet for immigrants, entrepreneurs and gays.
The man Slay beat in a sometimes bitter campaign, Aldermanic President Lewis Reed, was not visible during the speech, although members of the board of aldermen were standing on the staircase watching Slay.
It was also swearing in day for the St. Louis Board of Aldermen with three new faces.
- Alderwoman Christine Igrassia represents the sixth ward.
- Alderman Chris Carter, whose uncle Alderman Greg Carter died in a highway crash last summer, and
- Alderwoman Sharon Tyus, returning to to serve after a ten year absence she blamed on gerrymandered redistricting.