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Politically Speaking: Alderman-Elect Green On Her Victory And Her Ward

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

The Politically Speaking crew welcomes Megan Ellyia Green just days after her decisive victory in a special election for the 15th Ward aldermanic seat. On Tuesday, Green took 46 percent of the vote in a four-person race, in spite of running as an independent.

Green will replace Jennifer Florida, who was appointed recorder of deeds this summer after the long-time recorder of deeds, Sharon Carpenter, stepped down in July. Florida is now an independent candidate for recorder of deeds.

Green moved into the 15th Ward roughly 10 years ago as a Coro fellow. She becomes the city's second independent candidate to win an aldermanic seat. She must run again in the March primary and the April general election for a full term.

On the podcast, Green said:

  • She already has filed papers to change her political status so that she’ll be a Democrat when she is sworn in. She will then compete in the March Democratic primary. Green has been vice president of the 15th Ward’s Democratic organization.
  • She said that crime has been an issue among ward residents even before this week’s protests over a fatal police shooting in the Shaw neighborhood. The protests have spread to her ward, which is around Tower Grove.
  • She supports some sort of citizen review board to deal with complaints against city police.
  • She will soon confer with Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed, who endorsed her, about what committee assignments she can obtain. She also hopes to soon meet with Mayor Francis Slay, who called her soon after her victory and offered his congratulations.

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Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.
Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.