St. Louis Mayor Slay’s campaign committee hints at future statewide run

On Monday, after announcing he would not seek a fifth term as St. Louis Mayor, Francis Slay amended the name of his campaign committee and hinted he might run for a statewide office in 2020.

Slay’s filing does not indicate which statewide office he might seek. Missouri will have a gubernatorial primary in 2020.

Slay, 61, has been a popular figure in St. Louis city and across the region. But, St. Louis mayors have struggled with statewide office. The last to try was former three-term Mayor Vince Schoemehl, who was defeated in the 1992 Gubernatorial Democratic primary by Mel Carnahan.

Still, Slay, who has never lost a race in his three decades in politics, has amassed a considerable campaign apparatus and can continue raising money. His committee, now called “The Slay Committee,” reported having $970,788 in cash as of last quarter.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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