ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two St. Louis city aldermen say they will launch a petition drive to recall Mayor Lyda Krewson to protest her support of a plan to merge St. Louis and St. Louis County .
Aldermen Brandon Bosley and John Collins-Muhammad said at City Hall on Tuesday that merger would reduce African-American political influence and representation, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported .
Under the city charter, more than 39,000 registered voters citywide — 20 percent of the number registered in the last mayoral election in 2017 — would have to sign a recall petition.
Krewson said in a statement that the existing fragmented government is not working and hampering growth.
“Combining St. Louis City and County will result in more regional decision making and a stronger, more efficient, more attractive and more competitive region,” she said.