Some in the Republican party in the city of St. Louis are hoping the candidacy of Andrew Jones, an African-American utility company executive, will cause other African Americans to rethink their allegiance to the Democratic party.
Longtime Republican James Hill is also African American. He says Jones’ run was a good thing, because there hasn’t been a contested Republican primary for mayor in nearly two decades.
“I have friends who are African-American whose elected official is a Democrat, and they tell me that they feel they aren’t part of the Democrat party, and they say how they go out and work hard every day, and they tell me all the time they get no respect,” Hill says.
He says Republicans aren’t all bad and Democrats aren’t all good, but Democrats have done a better job of getting their message into the black community.
On the issues front, Hill believes African Americans over the age of 55 are pro-police and want more security.
Hill also says he is getting more calls from African Americans in St. Louis telling him they’re really Republicans now, saying the change in leadership in the state has made them realize that it might be a good time to switch parties.