City Council candidate John Slade, an East Side grant writer and community organizer, held his official campaign kick-off Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

Slade, a descendant of railroad magnate James J. Hill, hopes to fill the Ward 7 seat currently held by Council President Kathy Lantry, who has chosen not to run for re-election in 2015. He lives with his wife Wendy and his 3-year-old son Jack in Dayton’s Bluff.

Among his concerns, he said too many private projects completed with city grants and loans have received waivers from St. Paul’s living wage requirements.

“We have a very good living wage ordinance, but 14 of the last 16 projects got waivers, and that’s crazy,” Slade said.

His campaign manager is Mona Langston, a former Outreach Director for the Minnesota DFL.

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