ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Organizers say it’s one of the most-competitive polls each year on Mayor Francis Slay’s website – the person, place or thing that’s made the biggest difference in St. Louis that year.

Slay spokeswoman Maggie Crane says of the five finalists for 2013, the local symphony playing Carnegie Hall and the new group Better Together STL were the leaders in voting as of Friday afternoon.

But, Crane says the other three candidates also deserve consideration, “Boeing’s 777X has obviously been big not only in the St. Louis region, but the state of Missouri this year; Michael Wacha got the Cardinals to the World Series; and IKEA’s announcement of a store coming here had to be the worst-kept secret in St. Louis.”

The website for voting is .

Balloting ends January 2nd.

There’s no stuffing the ballot box when it comes to this year’s competition. Maggie Crane says some aggressive online lobbying caused organizers to put a sort of control in place, “One thing we’ve noticed coming up is who has the best social media campaign. We’ve had to make it one vote per person, or at least one vote per computer device.”

Past winners of Mayor Slay’s STL Person of the Year include: Peabody Opera House opening, Randy Grimm & Stray Rescue, Stan Musial, and the 64/40 highway project.


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