By Dana Dean
St. Louis (KSDK) -- Monday was the first day St. Louis' mayoral candidates can file for office.
Mayor Francis Slay arrived at the Board of Election Commissioners at 7:30 a.m. and was the first in line, which means his name will appear first on the ballot.
Slay is being challenged in next year's primary by Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed, who arrived to file about an hour later.
Candidates have until the first week of January to file before the ballot is set.
Slay is seeking his fourth consecutive term in office. He says he will run a clean and positive campaign.
Reed says people in the city are hungry for a new direction.
This morning, Slay and Reed talked to us about how race might play in the campaign.
"I'm concerned that my opponent will try to use the race card in the campaign, said Mayor Slay. "People that know me know that's something that I have never done and will not do."
"This isn't just about black vote, white vote, Hispanic vote, Chinese vote," said Reed. "This is about all the votes, this is about everybody."
Another candidate filed to run for mayor. Reverend Jimmie Matthews says the city needs a mayor that has integrity, vision, faith, and wisdom.
The Democratic Primary Election is March 5.