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Mark Wrighton, chancellor of Washington University and chairman of Better Together’s campaign, UniteSTL, said the campaign had been suspended, and he no longer had a formal role with the organization. Board members and insiders discussed leadership changes, but made no decisions.

Leaders of Better Together made the right decision to suspend their petition effort for a statewide vote on a St. Louis city-county merger. The death knell was former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger's indictment, but a failure to win grassroots support already had place the effort on a negative trajectory. The group should not give up.