St. Louis mayor Slay won’t seek fifth term

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, who took office in 2001 and has served four terms as the city’s mayor, will not seek re-election when his current term expires in 2017.

Slay, the longest-tenured mayor in St. Louis history, announced the decision in a press conference Friday and posted the announcement on his website.

He said his health is fine and that “Hillary Clinton has not asked me to be her running mate.”

However, Slay said he hasn’t ruled out running for another office.

“I do have almost a million dollars in my campaign account,” he said, “and I will probably do some fundraising for issues.”

The mayor assured St. Louisans that his final year in office will be an active one.

“This is not goodbye,” he said. “I am going to be mayor for another year. I will have a full and, likely, controversial agenda to complete.”

In his brief announcement, Slay touted some successes St. Louis has seen under his leadership, including the recent preliminary decision by the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency to locate a new facility in north St. Louis.

The mayor said St. Louis is “a city that has slowly won back some of its swagger as a place to start a business, to raise a family, and to walk and ride a bicycle to work. I love what we are becoming.”

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