St. Louis voters to go to the polls

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 | 12:26 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is bidding to take a big step toward a third term as voters go to the polls in Tuesday's primary election.

A light turnout is expected with only about a quarter of the city's voters expected to go to the polls. Voters are also casting ballots for comptroller and aldermen in odd-numbered wards.

The general election is April 7.

Slay is 53 and was first elected in 2001. He is running against two other Democrats in the primary, former alderwoman Irene Smith and attorney Denise Watson-Wesley Coleman.

No Republicans are running for mayor, but the Democratic winner will face candidates from the Libertarian and Green parties in the general election.

Polls close at 7 p.m.


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