Cara Spencer Wants To Be St. Louis’ Next Mayor

St. Louis Public Radio

Six years ago, Cara Spencer pulled off a major upset, beating a 20-year incumbent in the city’s Democratic primary (and then beating back two general election contenders) to win a seat on the St. Louis Board of Aldermen. Now she’s hoping to achieve a similar feat in the city’s mayoral race.

With Mayor Lyda Krewson set to retire this April, the race for mayor is technically wide open. But Spencer is running in a field that includes two longtime politicians who’ve won city-wide races multiple times. Tishaura Jones followed two terms in the Missouri House of Representatives with three successful campaigns for city treasurer (and nearly claimed the mayor’s office in 2017). Lewis Reed has twice previously run for mayor, and has thrice won election as president of the Board of Aldermen.

On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, we’ll sit down with Spencer for the third in a four-day series of one-on-one interviews with the candidates running in the March 2 primary. The general election, which includes the primary’s top two vote-getters, is set for April 6.

A St. Louis native, Spencer worked as a consultant for years, specializing in mathematical modeling, before being elected in 2015 to represent the city’s 20th ward on the Board of Aldermen. She lives in the Marine Villa neighborhood in south city.

Listen to the full interview here