Lewis Reed, other state and city Democrats line up to support Roberts in his bid for the 5th district senatorial seat
St. Louis, Mo. — State Rep. Steve Roberts, 77th district, today announced his first endorsements in the Democratic primary race for the Missouri state Senate, fifth district seat.
Many local and state leaders have thrown their support behind Roberts since he announced his candidacy in late May. Among those endorsing his run in the August 2020 election is Lewis Reed, president of the Board of Alderman.
“St. Louis needs another strong ally in the Missouri Senate to fight for us,” Reed said. “Steve Roberts has the essential experience, strength and conviction to make positive change happen in our city.”
State Senator Karla May also pledged her support, calling on her own experience to endorse Roberts.
“As a state senator, I know the difference one person can make in passing good legislation and stopping the assaults on our civil rights,” May said. “Steve Roberts has earned the respect of his colleagues and would be a welcome addition to the state Senate. He is someone I look forward to working with.”
State Rep. Wiley Price praised Roberts for his service as chairman of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus.
“Steve Roberts was selected by his peers to serve as chairman of the Black Caucus,” Wiley said. “He has done an exceptional job in that position of leadership and trust. He has my wholehearted endorsement to be out next state senator.”
Additionally, four alderman number among early supporters. Aldermen Johns Collins-Muhammed, Pamela Boyd, and Jess Todd and Alderwoman Marlene Davis have all given their endorsements, citing Roberts’ voting record and commitment to progressive values.
“Steve Roberts is a strong progressive who has consistently voted to uphold a woman’s right to make her own reproductive decisions,” Alderwoman Davis said. “He has dedicated his career to serving the community and will fight for economic justice and everyone’s right to vote. He has earned my full support.”
Alderman Collins-Muhammed agrees.
“Steve Roberts understands the real social issues that contribute to crime and will fight to address those challenges. As a former prosecutor, Roberts is committed to breaking the cycle of violence that has taken so many young innocent lives. He has earned my support and vote.”
Alderwoman Pam Boyd, 27th Ward, said, “I know and trust Steve Roberts to always do the right thing for the people. He is the best person to stand up and fight for the grassroots and justice reform in Jefferson City.”
Other endorsements include St. Louis Sheriff Vernon Betts, 21st Ward Committeewoman Laura Keys, 21st Ward Committeeman James Keys, 4th Ward Committeeman LeRoy Carter, and 1st Ward Committeewoman Yolanda Brown.
Roberts said he is thankful for the early support of these governmental and party leaders, adding, “We are building a broad coalition of grassroots and community leaders who want us to keep moving Missouri forward.”