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St. Louis voters protest against Sharon Carpenter

Andrew Bell, on the left, led the demonstration
Andrew Bell, on the left, led the demonstration
Damien Johnson

On Wednesday, July 30th 2014, a hand full of St. Louis City register voters lead by Anthony Bell, 3rd Ward Committeeman, demonstrated against Sharon Carpenter outside the Board of Election for St. Louis City on the corner of Tucker and Olive. Carpenter served as recorder of deeds for 34 years until resigning after hiring her great-nephew for a summer job. According to Missouri's anti-nepotism law, it's illegal for an elected official to hire a relative of theirs in the 4th degree. Shall an elected official violate the law, either the relative lose the job or the elected official lose the job. Carpenter resigned.

But Carpenter remain on the ballot as a candidate for recorder of deeds in the Democrat Primary. Bell and like minded voters think Carpenter should not be on the ballot after resigning. Bell and his fellow protesters demonstrated outside for 6 hours walking up and down the street in front of the St. Louis City Board of election. They talked to people as they stopped to inquire. Bell argued that Carpenter confused voters by resigning then running for the office over nepotism charges. Carpenter's Democrat challengers are Jimmie Matthews and Ed McFarland. Mayor Slay is endorsing Carpenter. Slay's Communication director stated in an email,

Mayor Slay endorsed Sharon Carpenter in the Democratic primary for Recorder of Deeds. His endorsement of her nomination stands.

When ask why Slay appointed Alderwoman Jennifer Florida over the current candidates running for the office, Slay's media director said in an interview that Florida is the best person for the job.