Updated 9:55 p.m. February 8 to show cash-on-hand for Fred Wessels. For the record, his campaign finance report was filed on-time.
Twenty-second Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd announced yesterday that he is running for St. Louis treasurer, making an already crowded race even deeper.
Boyd, who has served as alderman of the north city ward for eight years, has earned a reputation on the board as an intelligent and inquisitive voice. During committee meetings, he tends to ask among the most questions, always in his trademark sober tone. Over the last two years, the Hamilton Heights neighborhood, which lies in his ward, has experienced a 36 percent drop in crime rate.
The treasurer candidate field also includes state representative Tishsaura Jones, 13th Ward alderman Fred Wessels, St. Louis Democratic Central Committee chairman Brian Wahby, and incumbent treasurer Larry Williams, who's held the seat for three decades and is running for re-election.
Although he is the latest to jump into the race, Boyd may stand as somewhat of a frontrunner. He enters the contest with the heaviest war chest among the candidates, around $105,000 on-hand. Wessels has $81,339 on-hand, Wahby has $71,000, Jones has $26,000, and Williams has $44.77.
Before his career in public service, Boyd spent 23 years in the army and army reserve, climbing up to the rank of Master Sergeant. After eight years of active service, he got his MBA from Fontbonne University then went on to become a professor at Harris Stowe University.