Tuesday, February 7, 2023

New Ward 4 Aldermanic Election

In my previous post, I talked about the whole Board of Aldermen landscape. But for us, in the old 24th and 23rd wards – now in the New 4th Ward [see map], let's take a closer look at our three candidates: BRET NARAYAN, JOSEPH [JOE] VACCARO, and CASEY OTTO.

On your March 7th ballot, you'll also see MEGAN ELLYIA GREEN who is running unopposed for a full term as President of the Board of Aldermen. View citywide sample ballot, remember you'll only see President of the Board and Ward 4 candidates.

On 1/18/23 the 4th Ward Democrats hosted an aldermanic forum with all three candidates in attendance. You can watch the forum part one and part two here.  I've heard there is an additional forum in the works to be hosted by the neighborhood associations - this will take place in March after the Primary Election.

We have three candidates filed in the new 4th ward, and since this election will be under our new Prop D rules, you will be able to vote for "as many candidates as you approve of" on March 7th, and the top two candidates will run-off in the April 4th General Election. 



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Bret Narayan is the current 24th-ward Alder. Learn more about Narayan's legislative priorities.

Bret Narayan has served on the Board of Aldermen representing ward 24 since 2019 –– emerging as the chosen candidate from a crowded field of challengers including a former Alderman and both Committeepersons at the time.

Narayan has the endorsement of the membership of the 4th Ward Democrats, St. Louis Young Democrats, Comptroller Darlene Green, Pro-Choice Missouri (formerly NARAL), and the St. Louis Police Officers Association. He also has my endorsement and strong union support.

Want to see more about Bret's campaign finances? Review Bret Narayan's MEC reports.


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Joe Vaccaro is the current 23rd-ward Alder. Learn more about Vaccaro's legislative priorities.

Joe Vaccaro has served on the Board of Aldermen since 2009 representing the 23rd ward. He has run unopposed in the past three elections (2021, 2017, and 2013) after winning a 7-way race in 2009.

Vaccaro made headlines last year after an interaction with an SLMPD officer went public for all the wrong reasons. You can read more from the Post Dispatch  and watch the bodycam footage for yourself.

Want to see more about Joe's campaign finances? Review Joe Vaccaro's MEC reports.


Casey Otto is a relative political newcomer and Clifton Heights resident. He was elected as a Board member for the Orchard Farm R-V School District (St. Charles) in 2011 and 2014 before returning to St. Louis city.

Casey doesn't currently have a campaign committee registered with the MEC.