Jun 17, 2022
With your support, I have had the honor of representing St. Louis’ 7th Ward at the Board of Aldermen for the last seven years. It has been a privilege to earn your trust and work for the betterment of our city.
Friends and Neighbors, With your support, I have had the honor of representing St. Louis’ 7th Ward at the Board of Aldermen for the last seven years. It has been a privilege to earn your trust and work for the betterment of our city. Recent events have seriously eroded confidence in our city’s government. With so much opportunity ahead for St. Louis, now more than ever we need leadership committed to integrity and competence. That’s why I am proud to announce that I am running for President of the Board of Aldermen. The job of Board President is much more than a figurehead. By helping direct legislation and funding in an intentional and equitable way, the Board President is uniquely able to break the City’s cycle of inaction and deliver swift, tangible results for our residents. As 7th Ward Alderman, I have spent my days helping constituents manage the daily frustrations of accessing basic city services. I also have gained firsthand experience tackling the City’s larger, more systemic issues. I am eager to do more, and to replicate some of our successes in the 7th Ward on a much larger scale. St. Louis must be able to fix its roads and pick up its trash – and recognize that failure to provide basic services continues to fall hardest on Northside neighborhoods. For too many years, the excuse for not making the necessary investments was a lack of funding. Today, that is no longer the case. The City has been awarded over half a billion dollars from the federal government and hundreds of millions more from the Rams relocation lawsuit. There are no more excuses. Now is the time to do the work and start getting things right. We must end our long-standing patterns of disinvestment, reduce gun violence, reverse our population decline, make neighborhoods more walkable, and pay our city workers – including police officers – a competitive wage that values them as the essential workers that they are. I know what we can achieve if the Board presidency is utilized to its fullest potential. With skilled leadership, Board bills can be more than just a patchwork of individual pursuits. They can represent a purposeful, collaborative effort to advance our top priorities for the City. We need a legislative strategy that empowers City officials to row in the same direction. I am running for President of the Board of Aldermen because I have the experience and the collaborative approach to get things done. I will continue to earn your trust every day, and I will work tirelessly to make every neighborhood in St. Louis a great place to live. On a personal note, in a few short weeks, my wife and I will welcome our first child into the world. With the future in my head and my heart, I’m running so we can have a safe, growing, and vibrant city that our son will proudly call home. I’m asking for your help in the months ahead to realize this future. My website, jackcoatar.com, will have more information as our campaign unfolds. Sincerely,