Serve America Movement is proud to endorse the Reform St. Louis ballot measure, Proposition R, which will finally put the people of St. Louis before their own politicians. We at SAM are excited to join the broad coalition of reformers hard at work to give St. Louisans the power to hold their leaders accountable.
SAM supports Proposition R for a few simple reasons. Prop R would give the power to draw ward boundary maps to an independent citizens commission composed of diverse, qualified city voters that must hold public hearings and produce maps that keep neighborhoods together. The Board of Aldermen would be prohibited from overriding the will of the people. Proposition R would also prohibit alderpersons from taking official actions where they have a personal or financial conflict of interest, and would remove gendered language from city statutes.
These reforms are long overdue. The people of St. Louis have long sought a government that’s free from the corrupting influence of big money. The people of St. Louis also know they deserve a redistricting process that’s transparent, independent, and equitable, not left to the political ambitions of politicians.
Every piece of this policy garners 75% or greater support among St. Louisans. That’s just one of the many reasons why SAM supports this measure. The community-driven process spearheaded by the Reform St. Louis coalition has truly made this initiative one that is of, by, and for the people of St. Louis.
Next year, St. Louis will not only be a better-governed city, but it will also serve as a model for cities across the country which recognize that placing their people before their politicians is both necessary and right to root out corruption in our communities.