The MayorSlay.com “St. Louis Person of the Year” poll offers
a chance for readers to pick someone who most influenced local news.
As usual, this year’s list drew lots of attention, almost
30,000 votes-worth. The clear winners were chef Gerard Craft, state representative
Bruce Franks, and newspaper columnist Bill McClellan. St. Louis Symphony exec
Marie-Helene Bernard and soccer/hockey exec Jim Kavanaugh both garnered
impressive individual vote totals.
And, also as usual, there were voting hijinks. Twelve people voted more than 100 times; 3
people (or bots) voted more than 500 times; 1 person, who apparently enjoys
fine dining and local politics, voted more than 19,000 times.
Congratulations to everyone who made a newsmaking difference
in 2016. And thanks to everyone (and everybot) who voted. You now have a new year in which to make a difference. Make it count.
Happy New Year!