St. Louis Alderwoman Spencer To Challenge Krewson For Mayor

St. Louis Public Radio

Cara Spencer, an alderwoman from south St. Louis, will challenge Mayor Lyda Krewson in 2021.

“I want to live in a city that works,” Spencer, D-20th Ward, said Monday on St. Louis on the Air. “St. Louis is uniquely poised to be the next fastest-growing city. We are a great old city, but we’re broken in a lot of ways, and I’m running for mayor to fix that.”

Spencer is the first Krewson opponent to announce a run for the office. Krewson told St. Louis on the Air last year that she intended to seek re-election.

Spencer was first elected to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen in 2015, beating longtime Alderman Craig Schmid to represent the ward that covers parts of Dutchtown, Gravois Park, Marine Villa and Mount Pleasant. She defeated a challenger last March by a wide margin.

Spencer said she would welcome a crowded primary.

“We have been on autopilot for far too long,” she said. “The more voices and the more perspectives we can bring to the table to talk about the trajectory of St. Louis, and a new positive, forward-thinking direction, I think that is going to be better for everyone.”

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