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Urban Review STL Endorses Ed McFowland

Many thanks to Steve for his kind words.

Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds



See You At The July 28 Fundraiser for Ed McFowland

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Five Questions for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Board has decided Sharon Carpenter should exit recorder of deeds race and the office should be turned over to the same mayor who has financially and publicly propped her up all these years.

Top management problems with her office have not been a secret. Why is it that an office holder AWOL for most of four years didn’t draw more opponents this year? That’s a question the Editorial Board needs to be asking.

Another question- Why wasn’t there any follow-up by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to the 2010 State Audit of the City Recorder’s office?

Another question- What is the St. Louis County Recorder of Deed’s Technology and Preservation Fund spent on? That’s a civil service position under a County Executive appointee. That’s the model the Editorial Board wants.

Another question- Why doesn’t the St. Louis County Recorder of Deeds provide Birth and Death Record services?

Another question- Did St. Louis County get back that half a million dollars stolen from its Recorder’s office by an employee?

Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds

Response to Recorder Appointment, McFowland Requests City Democrats Meeting

My letter this morning to members of the St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee:

I am respectfully requesting that our Central Committee meet as soon as possible to discuss the matter of Sharon Carpenter’s resignation as Recorder of Deeds, her unfortunate decision to continue a campaign for re-election, and today’s appointment of Alderwoman Jennifer Florida as Recorder, and the issue of her run for Recorder as an Independent in the November election.

It does not make sense for Recorder Florida to step down as alderwoman to be Recorder for a mere five months. Barring another announcement that the Mayor is appointing Florida to another post on January 1st, an Independent bid by her would seem probable regardless of who wins the primary.

Democratic Party officials do not help elect Independent candidates. Central Committee needs to have a discussion about that.

The news regarding former Recorder Carpenter will only get worse. All wards should work together to make sure that she does not receive the nomination.

Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds

Ex-Recorder Violates Another Law, Carpenter Used Official Stationary for Campaign Letters

In my Saturday email to members of the St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee, I wrote:

I’d like to follow up my comments yesterday on the resignation of Sharon Carpenter with some additional thoughts and response to Mrs. Carpenter’s letter to the Central Committee.

The employees of the Recorder of Deeds office provide excellent service. What is missing from the Recorder’s office is a full-time Recorder to provide much needed management experience, leadership, and vision.

I have many years experience managing employees and compliance with employment law. There is a discrimination lawsuit against the City, former Recorder Sharon Carpenter, and acting Recorder Peggy Meeker. I am confident that this will not happen when I am Recorder.

A leader serves as a role model to employees on conduct. Former Recorder Carpenter and acting Recorder Meeker did not need legal counsel to tell them hiring their own family with public funds is a violation of the Missouri Constitution. They should have known nepotism is a violation of public trust. Just plain wrong.

I have a vision for the Recorder office. It is set out in my Action Plan. I have been the only candidate for Recorder talking about issues: increasing accessibility, transparency of public funds, new services, increasing revenue to the City.

I would be the first African American Recorder of Deeds in St. Louis City. But I do not want to be The Black Recorder. I want to be remembered as a Recorder who led the office to do things first and better than every other county in Missouri, the way Sharon Carpenter ran her office years ago.

I do not want this election to be about race. I want this to be about substance, issues, the future.

But I have strong concerns about Mayor Slay’s upcoming appointment to the Recorder position.

If there is a political appointment designed for an Independent bid for Recorder on the November ballot, then I would understand why some would see the election had become about race, as opposed to political opportunity. I hope St. Louis does not have to have that debate.

The one option wards do not really have is retaining Sharon Carpenter as your candidate and allowing her to win the Democratic Party nomination.

By now you should have received Sharon Carpenter’s campaign letter, falsely accusing me of slander and owing earnings tax, written on Official Recorder stationary in violation of state ethics laws. And she also sent the Mayor a letter on Official Recorder stationary regarding her resignation that included a campaign pitch.

This is not the first time she has used the resources of her office for campaign purposes. More on that later.

Have I previously had some personal financial problems? Yes. Do I owe any federal, state, or city taxes? No.

Have I ever violated the public trust or misused public funds? No.

A leader admits his or her mistakes and learns from them.

Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds

McFowland Wants Ward Endorsements, Pledges to Retain Recorder Employees

My Friday evening email to members of the St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee:

I am writing to ask for your support in the August 5th Primary. I hope that those of you who had endorsed former Recorder Sharon Carpenter will now get behind my campaign and elect me and my Agenda.

If wards allow Sharon Carpenter to wins the Primary, it’s a black eye for the Democratic Party. There are more problems in that office’s management than nepotism.

The latest rumor is that Mayor Slay will make a political appointment for the office who will run as an Independent. Democratic Party officials do not support Independent candidates.

I had previously recommended that Mayor Slay appoint someone not political.

I want each of you to know and pass along to your patronage workers in the Recorder office that, other than the Chief Deputy, all Recorder employees will remain Recorder employees after I am elected. As Recorder, when I fire someone, it will be for cause, not politics.

I know some others are not going to be happy about that because right now they’re thinking patronage jobs will become available when I am elected. The facts are that these employees have valuable skills necessary to operation of the office and they have legal rights.

Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds

Thank You Sharon

My Thursday letter to the St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee.

I stopped by Sharon Carpenter’s office today but she was not in. That’s understandable. It’s been a big week for her and her office.

I wanted to personally thank her for issuing the marriage licenses Wednesday night. It’s an important step.

I have nothing but praise for Sharon signing her name to those four licenses and can only imagine the joy she must have had in doing so. She and I have many differences but on this there is no disagreement. It was the right thing to do.

This Pridefest we can all be so very proud to be St. Louisans and moving Missouri forward on marriage equality. We have Sharon to thank for that.

My hope is that every committeeman and committeewoman celebrates this historic event by participating in the Pridefest parade. Let’s show the world our unity on marriage equality.

See you Sunday. Peace. Ed

Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds

Ed’s Action Plan

I have organized my Action Plan into a timeline covering the pre-oath of office period, first day as Recorder, first week, first month, and second month.

Transparency. Greater public access to data. Increased revenue to the City. These are among my goals.

If you have any suggestions on changes to the Recorder’s Office, particularly ideas on how to increase revenue to the City from Recorder services, please share them with me.

Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds