I ran for office over a year ago with a strong desire to represent “the people.” I was a reform candidate, obsessed with a vision of what St. Louis could be if only we had government that served the interests of people.
St. Louis, as much as we may love it, is stuck in the 19th century. Our main division between the city and the county is the result of a late 1800s squabble. We are, according to statistician and pollster Nate Silver, the 5th most segregated city in the country. Wealth inequality has skyrocketed; black St. Louisans have similar unemployment rates to the general populace during the Great Depression.