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Stakeholders Assembly Taking Shape

By T. Weber, KWMU

St. Louis, Mo. – Letters were sent Friday to about 200 people asking them to be on an assembly that will discuss changing St. Louis's city structure.

Merrit Clark with Citizens for Home Rule says the first consideration in picking from the applicants was geography.

"We want to make sure we have the correct number from north, central, and south. Secondly, we looked at ethnicity. Third, we looked at gender, and fourth we looked at age. So it was a little bit of science in there but it was mostly art, I think," Clark said.

The so-called Stakeholder's Assembly follows the city gaining home rule status in last year's election. That means city voters can change their government structure without needing statewide approval.

The group will work through December and then decide whether to put questions on changing certain city functions to the voters.