St. Louis Young Democrats, Mobilize Missouri endorse Tishaura Jones for mayor

From the St. Louis American

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58a328b8d69a8-imageTishaura O. Jones has received endorsements for St. Louis mayor from two progressive groups in the city, the St. Louis Young Democrats and Mobilize Missouri.

The St. Louis Young Democrats, a group of 18-40 year olds dedicated to electing Democrats to office and promoting the concerns of young people in the political arena, voted on an endorsement after the group’s mayoral forum on February 7. Jones won a clear majority – 58 percent – of the 59 St. Louis Young Democrats members who voted, distantly followed by Lyda Krewson (25 percent), Lewis Reed (9 percent) and Antonio French (7 percent).

“Tishaura is the candidate working hard to bring all sections of St. Louis together,” said Sergio Haro, St. Louis Young Democrats’ director of local politics & grassroots organizing. “As a Latino in this city, it is exciting to have a candidate that will look at policy decisions through a racial equity lens.”

The St. Louis Young Democrats, which has 136 members, will participate in a canvassing event for Jones.

Mobilize Missouri – a grassroots coalition of progressive organizers and volunteers founded by the former state leadership of the Bernie Sanders campaign – said Tishaura Jones “has the vision, passion and understanding of the issues that will help move our city forward.”

“After four years in the Treasurer’s Office, she has brought fresh ideas and programs to the city, modernized our parking systems, and created a nationally recognized program helping our children save for college,” Mobilize Missouri stated in a lengthy endorsement.

“She speaks about being smart on crime, not just tough on crime, and wants to bring social workers on to assist the police department and close down the workhouse; a symbol of what’s wrong with our justice system today. She knows development cannot just focus on the wealthiest neighborhoods if we want to improve the lives of all of our citizens and she has bright ideas about how to address those inequities.”

Both organizations offered other endorsements as well.

The St. Louis Young Democrats endorsed Darlene Green for comptroller and six aldermanic candidates: Megan Betts (Ward 5), Dan Guenther (Ward 9), Sarah Wood Martin (Ward 11), Megan Ellyia Green (Ward 15), Joe Diekemper (Ward 17) and Lindsay Pattan (Ward 19).

Mobilize Missouri previously announced 10 aldermanic endorsements: Megan Betts (Ward 5), Quinn Parks (Ward 7), Dan Guenther (Ward 9), Sarah Wood Martin (Ward 11), Stephanie Dinges (Ward 13), Megan Ellyia Green (Ward 15), Joe Diekemper (Ward 17), Lindsay Pattan (Ward 19), John Collins-Muhammed (Ward 21) and Keena Carter (Ward 27).

Mobilize Missouri is also requesting that St. Louis voters support candidates by volunteering for a canvassing shift each weekend until the day of the primaries, March 7. Volunteers are also sought to get out the vote and work the polls on primary day and election day. All volunteer inquiries are directed to info@mobilizemo.org.

Mobilize Missouri will host a fundraising event in support of its slate of endorsed candidates on 7 p.m. Monday, February 20 at 4 Hands Brewery, 1220 S. 8th St. The requested donation for entry is $35 per person, and can be submitted via ActBlue or at the door. A silent auction for attendees will be conducted to raise additional money. Proceeds will be distributed evenly among the campaigns.

The municipal primary election is Tuesday, March 7. Absentee voting is underway.

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