Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mcguire Target of Party Rift Scars from Mayor's Race Fuel Ward Insurrection

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mcguire Target of Party Rift Scars from Mayor's Race Fuel Ward Insurrection

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A deepening split in the Democratic Party in the 28th Ward has spurred an effort this year to dump longtime Alderman Daniel J. McGuire.

The ward's Democratic committeeman, Bruce B. Yampolsky is challenging McGuire in the March 7 primary. No Republicans have files (filed), so the winner of the primary is virtually assured of a seat on the board.

McGuire, who has represented the ward since 1981, is part of the ward organization led by his aunt, committeewoman Rosemarie Storey. He counts former Mayor Vincent C. Schoemehl Jr. among his supporters. Yampolsky and his allies, including former committeeman J. Kim Tucci, are in a rival club that began after a split over the 1993 mayoral race.

In his campaign this year, Yampolsky alleges that McGuire places too much priority on representing the wealthier parts of the ward - an economically and racially diverse area that takes in the Central West End, Skinker-DeBaliviere and other areas north, east and west of Forest Park.

"I am not knocking the private streets and the large homes on Lindell" Boulevard, Yampolsky says. "But there are a lot of less affluent people in the ward who are not represented as well." Yampolsky offers no specifics.

McGuire, in denying the charge, insists that he has worked with "every area of this ward, every block unit, every organization," including sectors that haven't been "gentrified" with higher-income occupants.

He cited his work to get low-interest city loans and grants to rehabilitate vacant buildings in the Washington-Olive triangle area and in the Eastgate neighborhood.

McGuire also speaks of his record on many other issues, such as years of sponsoring city sales tax increases that voters finally passed in 1993. He says those were essential to the city's well-being.

He also cites his bill allowing residential areas to band together to sell bonds to finance improvements, and his work on Forest Park, including sponsorship of a law requiring aldermanic approval of any expansion on park land by a park institution.

"Experience counts," he says, pointing out that he is chairman of the key Ways and Means Committee and is fourth in seniority on the board. And unlike many other board members who also hold other jobs, McGuire says, "I work full time (as alderman), and I always have."

Yampolsky says the long tenure of McGuire and some other officials is what's wrong with City Hall. If elected, Yampolsky says he'll work for a city charter amendment to limit aldermen to three four-year terms. McGuire objects, saying each election is a term limit.

On Forest Park, Yampolsky says some environmentalists are concerned that a McGuire amendment to a planning document removed a provision saying that expansion of park institutions is desirable adjacent to rather than within the park. McGuire said the document's open-space provisions already were strong enough.

The two agree that St. …

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