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Special election Tuesday in City's 4th ward

By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis City alderwoman who was recalled from her Fourth Ward position in the April election is running for the post again in a special election Tuesday.

Peggy Ryan was recalled by just 25 votes.

She says since then, many of her former constituents in the 4th ward have told her they were confused by the ballot and the recall election itself: "And so I felt that with a lot of information I got that I had a possibility of regaining my seat."

Democrat O.L. Shelton is running against Ryan and headed up the effort to recall her. He's a former long-time state representative and current party committeeman, who says Ryan was not productive in her four years as alderwoman.

"We've had a lot of comments from business people, and religious leaders and residents of the ward about her relationship with them," said Shelton. Shelton says he'll provide leadership for the ward and bring in needed development.

But Ryan says she brought development to the ward, got allies and street resurfaced, and revitalized the home repair program. She's now running as an independent.

Three other people are running for the position, including independent candidates Gregory Tumlin and Sam Moore and write-in candidate James Terry.