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St. Louis Alderman Jeffrey Boyd to challenge Treasurer Tishaura Jones in August primary

St. Louis Alderman Jeffrey Boyd to challenge Treasurer Tishaura Jones in August primary

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ST. LOUIS — Alderman Jeffrey Boyd, a longtime critic of City Treasurer Tishaura Jones’ oversight of city parking operations, says he’ll try to unseat her in the Aug. 4 Democratic primary.

Boyd was among the plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the treasurer’s control of parking funds, the outcome of which is still pending.

The suit wants to give more authority over the money to the Board of Aldermen and the city Board of Estimate and Apportionment and less to the treasurer, an independent county-type office.

The Missouri Supreme Court last month dismissed Jones’ appeal of a circuit judge’s 2018 decision voiding state laws outlining the treasurer’s role but didn’t rule on the merits of the case.

Instead, the high court said it can’t consider an appeal yet because the lower-court judge has yet to rule on some other points raised by plaintiffs in the case.

“The City is long overdue to have total control of its parking operations,” Boyd said in a statement late Thursday. “I will work with the Board of Aldermen” and state legislators “to ensure that this is a reality.”

Among other things, Boyd wants aldermen to have authority to tap more than the maximum 40% of parking revenue after expenses that state law says can go into the general city fund.

Jones says her office has consistently contributed the maximum allowed and also has funded a city study needed for the proposed MetroLink north-south line and economic development projects.

Her office says because she modernized parking meters, allowing payment by credit cards and smartphones, 28% fewer tickets were issued in 2018 than in 2012. She also says she eliminated ticket quotas in place previously.

This won’t be Boyd’s first race against Jones.

He was among those losing to Jones in a four-way race for treasurer in the 2012 primary.

The two also ran against each other in the 2017 mayoral primary. Jones narrowly finished second to the winner, Lyda Krewson, while Boyd trailed in fifth place.

Jones is considering running again for mayor next year but Boyd has said he will not do so.

Boyd’s entry into the treasurer’s race makes it likely that Jones will have to use some of her campaign fund on a reelection effort this summer that she could otherwise devote to a possible mayoral race next year.

Boyd, 56, an alderman since 2003, has served with Jones and other officials on the city parking commission.

Jones, 48, before becoming treasurer in 2013, was a state representative for four years.

Updated at 5:24 p.m.

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