Group is backing down, according to the Prop R redistribution process that will begin in 2030 | Local news

The organization behind the R proposal has announced that it will no longer push for a rushed application of the proposal’s redistribution provisions in this cycle, marking a complete reversal of their previous intentions.

In September, the Reform St. Louis coalition collected 38,000 petition signatures and successfully called a special election on April 5 for city residents to vote on the charter amendment. The most important reform of the proposal shifts the redistribution task of the Council of Aldermen to an independent citizen redistribution commission.

Until this week, members of the Prop R coalition remained convinced that the formation of a citizens’ commission would give them time to redraw the boundaries of the 2023 elections. Yet Alderman President Lewis Reed was not from deal because the board was required by law to approve a new neighborhood map by the end of this year.

Earlier this month, the board finalized a 14 neighborhood map with an almost unanimous vote.

Proposal R also includes a host of other reforms, such as reducing the influence of big money by putting an end to Alderman conflicts of interest; prevent the council of aldermen from overriding the will of the voters; and making sure the public knows if a city councilor has a personal conflict of interest in something they are voting on.

“The adoption of Prop R in April will immediately improve ethics in the Council of Aldermen by prohibiting aldermen from taking official action on legislation when they have a personal or financial conflict of interest,” Reform wrote. St. Louis in a press release. “We believe it is in our city’s best interest to reform the city charter to ensure that future redistribution efforts are truly independent, transparent, citizen-centered and fair and that the board [Aldermen] is held to a higher level of ethics.

Proposal R has been endorsed by several local organizations, including League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis, Show Me Integrity, Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice, St. Louis Association of Community Organizations, Missouri Faith Voices Missouri Health Care for All, Jewish Community St. Louis Relations Council, RepresentUs, MaTovu, Serve America Movement, Reverend Darryl Gray, Yinka Faleti, Alderman Christine Ingrassia, Alderman Bill Stephens and Alderman Anne Schweitzer.

Voters in the city passed the wards reduction in a 2012 election, which stipulated that the 14 new wards (up from the current 28) would be redesigned after the 2020 census. He presented a plan for the first election in the city. newly designed districts to be held in 2023 for all districts and the president alderman. Odd-numbered neighborhoods would start with two-year terms, to stay in line with the electoral calendar set by the city’s charter in 1915. The chairman of the board and even-numbered neighborhoods would run in that initial election for one term. full four year old.

Reform St. Louis is an organization created by Show Me Integrity, which campaigned last year for the city’s new non-partisan approval voting system.

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