It was a tremendous honor to serve as the mayor of St. Louis City for 16 years. During that time, the City had moments of calm, and moments of turbulence. I know from personal experience what it takes to lead. Frankly, it takes guts.
And guts are exactly what our region needs in the County Executive’s office right now.
Guts are not shown through grandstanding, nor are guts shown through downplaying the very real health risk that COVID-19 poses to our community. Guts are shown through calm, decisive leadership that puts public health, safety, and the future of our region first. There is enormous political pressure to make decisions based on other things, and there are plenty of people looking to spin every action to meet their political needs. We need someone with the guts to do the right thing, no matter what.
From cleaning up the mess left by Steve Stenger, to making tough decisions during a global pandemic, to addressing the very real concerns of the current civil rights movement, County Executive Dr. Sam Page has not been given many moments of calm during his administration. Time and time again, he’s shown that he makes decisions not based on political pressure, but on doing what is best for the region.
St. Louis County voters have a few choices when they go to the polls August 4 or when they send in their absentee or mail-in ballots. And while the choice of a County Executive is always an important one, this year it is even more so. The person leading the County will be making life and death decisions - lives are, very literally, at stake.
I’ve known Dr. Page since his time in Missouri’s House of Representatives. I’ve been continuously impressed by his steadiness, his character, his thoughtfulness, and his desire to do what’s right. Dr. Page has demonstrated he has what it takes to lead our region during good times, and challenging times. Dr. Page has guts. He is what our region needs right now.
Francis G. Slay