He has since moved away from the idea of a full lease and said as mayor that he would push for the County of St. Louis to compensate the city for part of the sales tax it receives from. Lambert stores and restaurants, which is located in the county.
Spencer and Reed also disagreed in their campaign ads.
A Spencer’s ad claimed Reed had led the city in the wrong direction during his two decades in power, citing crimes “out of hand” and accusing him of cronyism and corruption.
Reed, who is black, complained that the ad for Spencer, who is white, used “a sad old racist trope” to blame black leaders for the crime. A Reed ad then attacked Spencer’s ad as a divisive factor.
Tishaura Jones stayed above their fray, touting endorsements from D-Mass Senator Elizabeth Warren, and her fellow black elected officials across the country. One of them, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, went door-to-door with her on Sunday.
She also gained approval from St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, who donated $ 1,000 to a committee supporting her candidacy.
Reed has the backing of 15 fellow aldermen and among Spencer’s backers were two political names familiar to the town, former Mayor Vincent Schoemehl and former Alderman President James Shrewsbury.
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