Tishaura Jones: I’m Running for Mayor, Dotson Should Resign

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  Shortly after St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson made his mayoral run official, City Treasurer Tishaura Jones also threw her hat in the ring.

“I submitted paperwork not for an exploratory committee, but to form the actual committee to run, today to the Missouri Ethics Commission,” she says.

Jones is running for re-election as treasurer and won’t drop out of that race. She says she expects to win, estimating 90 percent of the city is Democrat. But she doesn’t expect her mayoral run to affect what goes on in the treasurer’s office.

“We have a dedicated team of people who make sure the office runs efficiently and effectively,” Jones said. “People should not see any interruption in service with my run.”

Jones does not, however, think Dotson can handle dual responsibilities. Dotson in a statement said leading the department would “remain [his] number one priority.” He says he’ll “be in your neighborhoods by day … and by night, I’ll be on your doorstep asking you how we can move this city forward together.”

Jones doesn’t buy it.

“Unfortunately, that’s when crime happens, on the evenings and weekends,” Jones said. “We need a full time police chief because that’s not a job you can delegate authority to.”

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