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Lewis Reed wins new term; Michael Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, loses bid for Ferguson council seat

Lewis Reed wins new term; Michael Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, loses bid for Ferguson council seat

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Election Day in Ferguson-Florissant area

Candidate for Ferguson 3rd Ward City Council Lesley McSpadden casts her paper ballot on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Cool Valley Elementary. McSpadden, the mother of Mike Brown Jr., and Fran Griffin are challenging incumbent Keith Kallstrom for his seat. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, lskrivan@post-dispatch.com

Reed wins re-election in St. Louis

Lewis Reed won re-election to a fourth term as president of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, trouncing Green Party nominee Jerome Bauer Tuesday.

Reed narrowly won the Democratic nomination in the March 5 primary, over state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed and Alderman Megan Ellyia Green.

Reed won only five of the city’s 28 wards in the primary, but those victories came in historically high voting areas, allowing him to prevail in a close battle with his two opponents.

Lesley McSpadden loses Ferguson council bid

In a race that garnered national attention, Lesley McSpadden lost a three-way race for a seat on the Ferguson City Council.

McSpadden's son, Michael Brown, was fatally shot in 2014 by a Ferguson police officer, touching off months of protests and violence.

McSpadden explained why she was running in an interview with The Associated Press: "I wanted to go back and do something right in a place that did something so very wrong to my son, and I think that's what my son would want as well."

Fran Griffin, who has been active on several boards in the north St. Louis County suburb, won 44 percent of the vote, defeating Ward 3 incumbent Keith Kallstrom, who received 36 percent. McSpadden got 20 percent.

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