Apr 7, 2011

St. Louis Elects Independent Alderman

From St. Louis Today:
An independent candidate provided one of the few surprises in city aldermanic races Tuesday, winning the 24th Ward seat on an evening that generally favored incumbents. Independent Scott Ogilvie won in the 24th, which covers Dogtown and Clifton Heights, beating former Alderman Tom Bauer, who had defeated incumbent Bill Waterhouse in the Democratic primary. . . .

Ogilvie, a freelance graphic designer and Big Shark bike shop worker, promised change, responsiveness and transparency, voters said Tuesday. He is one of a few independents ever elected in the city. Former Alderman Kenny Jones served Ward 22 for 16 years as an independent. Bennice Jones King won in Ward 21 as an independent in 2003.

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