Racial justice activist Cori Bush now represents St. Louis in Congress after her stunning defeat of 10-term Representative William Lacy Clay in the August Democratic primary.
For Reed, the 58-year-old chairman of the council of aldermen, the crime is a “personal matter”. Her brother, Eugene, 32, was shot dead in 1989 in Joliet, Illinois.
“I know what these families are going through and I don’t want another family to go through this,” Reed said.
Spencer, a 42-year-old alderman, collects bullet casings during her daily errands. It only took a few months to fill a pint jar.
“I plan to solve a lot of problems, but let me be clear: if we don’t deal with violent crime, nothing else matters,” Spencer said.
Tishaura Jones, 48, city treasurer and former state representative, wants to bring in more social workers, mental health counselors and addiction counselors, rather than adding more officers in uniform.
“The public safety arrest and incarceration model obviously doesn’t work,” she said. “And in the towns where they added more police In addition, these cities are not safer than before. So we have to do something different.
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