PUB DEF EXCLUSIVE
Two days before Election Day, then-U.S. Senate candidate Claire McCaskill met with a small group of black elected officials representing an area of north St. Louis City and was asked to make some very specific promises.
First Ward Alderman Charles Q. Troupe, State Rep. Yaphett El-Amin and her husband State Rep.-elect Talibdin El-Amin presented to the ultimately victorious Democratic senate candidate a proposal that included these commitments to north St. Louis:
- Secure at least 60% of funding for the expansion of Metrolink to north St. Louis
- Secure $10 million in low to moderate income housing funds
- Secure $5 million in HIV/AIDS outreach funds
- Secure $20 million for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) for the uninsured and under-insured in north St. Louis
- Secure $10 million to repair Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. and other major northside streets
- Secure $5 million for employment training and assistance
- Advocate local control of the St. Louis police department
- Advocate diversity in state, county and local offices
- Open a Senate office in north St. Louis
According to the three northside representatives, McCaskill agreed to these commitments, which represent hundreds of millions of dollars for an area that has long gone without its fair share of the pie of public dollars.