Boyd joins crowd of Democrats competing for St. Louis treasurer
This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 27, 2012 - St. Louis Alderman Jeffrey L. Boyd, D-22nd Ward, has announced that he is running for city treasurer -- becoming the fourth Democrat to challenge incumbent Larry Williams in the August primary.
That's assuming that Williams, in office since 1981, sticks with his plan to run for re-election.
Boyd said in a statement, issued Thursday night, that he will "restore public trust in the office that has been riddled by controversy."
Boyd cited his 23 years in the military and his eight-plus years as a city alderman, during which he said he helped snag close to $45 million in new development and capital improvements for his ward.
Boyd said he also will be able to work with the Board of the Aldermen and the three top city officials (all fellow Democrats) -- Mayor Francis Slay, Comptroller Darlene Green and Aldermanic President Lewis Reed -- "to ensure that the treasurer's office supports a collective vision set forth by city leaders."
"I believe that transparency in government is a must, which is something that has been lacking for years in the treasurer's office," said Boyd in a statement. "I will make sure that more dollars are distributed to the city's general revenue fund, which will ultimately mean less layoffs and furloughs for city employees as well as city services."
The crowd of Democrats underscores the vulnerability of Williams and the power of the treasurer's office.
Among other things, the treasurer's office handles city investments and oversees 10,000 parking meters and a growing number of city-owned parking garages.
Boyd said his "new vision of leadership will provide new ideas and innovations, restore accountability and efficiencies and provide transparency and accountability for the taxpayers."