Where Do St. Louis Mayoral Candidates Stand on Child/Family Issues?

Children and families should be an important consideration in choosing the next mayor of the City of St. Louis. Our partners have joined to circulate a questionnaire to the candidates about their views on child/family issues. Read each candidate’s responses to our seven questions to compare their platforms.

Contributing to the questionnaire were Generate Health, the St. Louis Regional Early Childhood Council, the St. Louis Council on Child Abuse & Neglect, the St. Louis Family & Community Partnership, and Vision for Children at Risk. Thanks to the candidates for taking time to respond to our questionnaire.

Click on the candidate’s name or photo to read their responses. Be informed. And if you’re a city resident, be sure to vote!

AntonioFrench      TishauraJones     LydaKrewson       JimmieMatthews

Antonio French (D)                   Tishaura Jones (D)                Lyda Krewson (D)               Jimmie Matthews (D)

All candidates were invited to respond. We did not receive responses by the deadline from Democratic candidates Lewis Reed, Jeffrey Boyd and Bill Haas, as well as Republicans Andrew Karandzieff, Andrew Jones and James Osher, and Libertarian Robb Cunningham and Green Party Jonathan McFarland.

Candidate Questions on Children and Family Issues

1. In your office as mayor, what would your goals for public education be? How would you achieve these

2. To improve life‐long outcomes for young children, early childhood success must be a community and
government‐wide priority. What steps would you take to build an infrastructure that promotes investment in
quality early care and education?

3. Even though St. Louis is home to some of the best medical care in the country, there are parts of our city
with infant death rates three times the national average.  As Mayor, what steps would you take to make St.
Louis a place where babies thrive and families flourish?

4. Studies such as For the Sake of All show great racial disparities and inequities in every aspect of the lives of
St. Louis children and their families. As Mayor, what would you do to decrease racial disparities and

5. Safety is a grave concern for St. Louis families. Random and targeted gun violence affect children as well as
adults. St. Louis ranks second nationally in the rate of youth who are killed by gun violence. As mayor, what
would you do to decrease access to guns and/or stem gun violence?

6. Almost 9 of every 10 children in St. Louis are eligible for free or reduced school lunches (Missouri Kids Count
data), which indicates that their families struggle with economic insecurity. Poverty is not a mere
inconvenience for children. It has devastating outcomes such as poorer health, early death, decreased
graduation from high school, and low lifetime earnings.  What would you do to boost the earnings and
economic security of low‐income families in St. Louis?

7.  Youth need real opportunities to develop hard skills that will prepare them for employment, and soft skills
that contribute to their success in work and life.  As Mayor, what would you do to assure that youth have
access to opportunities to develop these skills? If you are proposing a new program or service, how would you
pay for it?