Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Democrats Challenged in Aldermanic Races Independent Hopefuls Vie for Four Ward Seats

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Democrats Challenged in Aldermanic Races Independent Hopefuls Vie for Four Ward Seats

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When no Republicans or third-party candidates file for a city office, the winner of the Democratic primary usually eases through the general election.

But four Democrats who won contested primary races March 7 now must face independent candidates for aldermanic seats on April 4.

Monday was the deadline for independent candidates to file for the general election. Independent candidates must circulate petitions to qualify for the ballot. Signatures must number at least 2 percent of the people who voted in the ward in the previous mayoral election.

The four aldermanic races with independent candidates are:

- The 20th Ward, where incumbent Sharon Tyus survived a tough challenge by Margo Mischeaux to win the primary 1,349 to 1,134.

Tyus now faces Cleo Willis Sr., a civil rights activist who gained notoriety last summer when he was fired from his city job as a monitor of minority participation. Willis charged that two companies the city had certified as being owned by minorities were fronts for white interests. …

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