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Municipal League of Metro St. Louis About To Launch Board of Freeholders Process

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This interview will be on “St. Louis on the Air” at noon Friday. This story will be updated after the show. Here are ways you canlisten live.

Better Together, the plan to merge St. Louis and St. Louis County through a statewide initiative, withdrew its proposal this past spring. In its place developed a plan to put together a Board of Freeholders, which would have the ability to either draft a plan that could merge the city and county, or drop the idea altogether. 

The Municipal League of Metro St. Louis is in the process of submitting petitions to the election boards of the city and county that would begin the Board of Freeholders process. Once they submit enough signatures, and those signatures are verified, then Mayor Lyda Krewson and County Executive Sam Page will appoint nine freeholders each to the board, with the governor having the final appointment.

On Friday’sSt. Louis on the Air, St. Louis Public Radio political correspondent Jason Rosenbaum and Municipal League executive director Pat Kelly will join the show to explain how the Board of Freeholders process will work in the coming weeks and months.

What would you like to know about how the Board of Freeholders will operate in the coming year? What issues do you want them to tackle? Tweet us (@STLonAir), send an email to talk@stlpublicradio.org or share your thoughts via our St. Louis on the Air Facebook group, and help inform our coverage.

St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted bySarah Fenskeand produced byAlex Heuer,Emily Woodbury,Evie Hemphill,Lara HamdanandAlexis Moore. The engineer isAaron Doerrand production assistance is provided by Charlie McDonald.

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Emily Woodbury joined the St. Louis on the Air team in July 2019. Prior to that, she worked at Iowa Public Radio as a producer for two daily, statewide talk programs. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in journalism and a minor in political science. She got her start in news radio by working at her college radio station as a news director. Emily enjoys playing roller derby, working with dogs, and playing games – both video and tabletop.