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Ald. Long Ousted from Office; 10 of 11 Incumbents Win

By Tom Weber, KWMU

St. Louis, Mo. – Voters outsted St. Louis City Alderwoman Melinda Long from office Tuesday in an overwhelming recall vote.

With 100% precincts reporting, unofficial totals from the city's Election Board show 63% of voters said "yes" to recalling Long. Her 21st Ward is in north St. Louis city; roughly from Lexington to I-70 sorth to north, and from Shreve to Vandeventer west to east.

Most of the city's other races featured incumbent Aldermen running unopposed. One incumbent, Jay Ozier of the 22nd Ward, lost his reelection bid to Jeffery Boyd by nine votes.

In the 26th Ward, voters nominated Frank Williamson over H. Lee Willis by a 2-1 margin. The winner of that race will replace retiring Ald. Irving Clay.

In the 16th Ward, where there was also no incumbent, the Democratic primary of three ended with Donna Baringer's near-majority. She claimed just under 50% of the vote over Steve Malle and James O'Toole.

Tuesday's winners move on to run in the April 8th general election. Unofficial Election Results in contested races follow:

March 4 Primary
Shall Ald. Melinda Long be recalled?
Yes 681 62.7%
No 406 37.3%
Ward 2 - North City
Dionne Flowers (i) 743 55.2%
Mattie Christine Moore 603 44.8%
Ward 4 - North City
Peggy Ryan(i) 490 46.5%
Cynthia Banks 155 14.7%
Ed McFowland 410 38.9%
Ward 10 - The Hill, Tower Grove S., et al.
Craig Thomas 150 8.8%
Joe Vollmer 1,068 62.5%
Joe Ferrario 492 28.8%
Ward 14 - S. Hampton, Bevo Mill, et al.
Steve Gregali(i) 812 57.3%
Kevin Brock 606 42.7%
Ward 16 - Princeton Hgts, St. L. Hills, et al.
Donna Baringer 1,393 50%
Steve Malle 658 23.6%
James O'Toole 736 26.4%
Ward 22 - CWE, I-70 Industrial, et al.
Jay Ozier(i) 737 49.7%
Jeffrey Boyd 746 50.3%
Ward 24 - Dogtown, Ellendale, et al.
Roger Jamison 290 19.1%
Tom Bauer(i) 893 59%
Dean Meredith 329 21.8%
Ward 26 - CWE, Wells/Goodfellow, et al.
H. Lee Willis 357 33.6%
Frank Williamson 707 66.5%


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