ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis Alderman Antonio French posted two words and a video to Twitter Thursday morning, announcing that he is throwing his hat in the ring to be the next mayor of St. Louis.

The almost-3-minute video beings with news video clips of the 21st Ward alderman speaking on the violence in North St. Louis and his precense in the aftermath of Ferguson:

Video clips display that French is “tackling tough issues,” “fighting for social justice,” and “rebuilding the community.”

It ends with a simple “French 2017” — “The leader St. Louis needs now.”

French says public safety is a top priority, and after the Ferguson protests and riots — a necessity.

“I think this election coming up is actually a chance for St. Louis city to push that agenda even further, to get those reforms in place that actually rebuilds that needed connection and trust between the police and the community, and establishes accountability that actually makes our city safer,” he says.

French agrees that more police officers are needed, but says the current vacancies are the result of mismanagement by Police Chief Sam Dotson.

French says Dotson should resign as chief, but not just because he’s running for mayor, but because he’s done a poor job.

There are now five seeking the Democratic nomination for mayor of St. Louis.

On Thursday, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson and Tishaura Jones announced their candidacy for mayor. Also in the race officially are Lewis Reed and Lyda Krewson.

The Democratic primary is in March, and the general election is in April.

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