Mayor Krewson, Comptroller Green, President Reed, Treasurer Jones, Aldermen, honored guests, friends, and Aden:
I bring you greetings, congratulations, and best wishes from your neighbors to the west ... and to the south ... and to the north.
That is a geographic coincidence that is impossible to ignore, though many people have tried to do so over the past 145 years. Not everyone. Not for the whole time. But, for too many people and for too much wasted time.
That ends for me, for women and men of good will, today. This moment.
Wearing a thousand disguises - "clean air," "green space," "wildlife," "cul-de-sacs" - the reasons that have entrenched the separate directions of the City and the County must finally be named.
Two weeks ago, the woman who will lead St. Louis City for the next four years - or longer - said: "St. Louis: This is an opportunity for us to rise. We are done avoiding tough conversations. We are done ignoring the racism that has held our city and our region back. I will not stay silent when I spot racism... I will not stay silent when I spot homophobia or transphobia. I will not stay silent when I spot xenophobia. I will not stay silent when I spot religious intolerance. I will not stay silent when I spot any injustice."
This noise - this "good trouble" she promises - will inform the policies and direction of the City of St. Louis. My presence here on this stage is my promise that it will also inform the policies and direction of St. Louis County.
She said, and I strongly agree, this is a turning point in our history we should all celebrate.
I am so very proud to stand today in celebration with my colleague, my advisor, my friend: the Honorable Tishaura O. Jones, the 47th mayor of the City of St. Louis.