St. Louis mayoral candidates working voters before primary

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St. Louis, MO. (KSDK) -- Candidates running for the democratic nomination in the St. Louis mayoral race are using the final weekend before the primary to talk to as many people as they can, and maybe win a few more votes.

"We're going all over the city of St. Louis in every neighborhood," says Mayor Francis Slay. "We're knocking on doors, doing what we can to get people out to vote to let them know their vote matters and the future of the city of St. Louis matters."

"We're hitting neighborhoods, we're going door to door, we're hitting community events, we're hitting everything from birthday parties to Bar Mitzvahs, all kinds of things," says Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed.

"I'm doing the same thing i've been doing since I started running, just meeting all the people I can," Jimmie Matthews says.

We caught up with Reed at a stop at Soulard Market.

"At the end of the day, the people are interested in one thing: they're interested in what you're going to do to impact the quality of our lives in a positive manner. They're interested in the crime rate that's rampant in our city, and the murders that are currently happening in our city and the fact that no comprehensive plan has been put in place to address those things in a meaningful manner."

And we talked to Mayor Francis Slay before he hit the streets of the Hill.

"We've reduced crime dramatically in the city of St. Louis. St. Louis's crime rate is at its lowest level since 1972. But make no mistake about it, we can make every neighborhood safer. We still have an unacceptable rate of crime in the city."

"Currently we have the mayor and the president of the Board of Aldermen who has been in power of the city government for the last 12 years, and we have the situation we have currently because of those two persons," adds dark-horse candidate Jimmie Matthews.

Slay and Reed say turning people's promises into actual votes is the most important thing these last days.

Whoever wins Tuesday's primary will face Green Party candidate James Mcneely.










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