Tishaura Jones, Cara Spencer advance to St. Louis mayoral runoff

St. Louis Post Dispatch

ST. LOUIS — Two progressive Democratic women — City Treasurer Tishaura Jones and Alderman Cara Spencer — were chosen by voters in Tuesday’s primary to advance to the final round of this year’s mayoral race.

Final unofficial returns showed Jones approved by 57% of voters and Spencer by 46%. Trailing were Aldermanic President Lewis Reed and utility executive Andrew Jones, who were endorsed by 39% and 14%, respectively.

The primary was the first carried out under a new procedure called “approval voting,” in which residents could vote for as many of the four candidates they “approved” of — instead of just one.

Spencer, 42, said the primary results mean that “the next mayor of the city of St. Louis will be a true progressive.” She added that the results are a turning point for the city.

“We have turned our attention to the special interests that have run this city for decades,” Spencer said in a speech, also carried online.

Spencer also thanked her supporters and offered a toast: “To the future of St. Louis,” she said. “It looks bright. And it looks different.”

Approval voting wasn’t the only change in electoral procedure Tuesday. The new system, approved by voters in the November election as Proposition D, had candidates running on a nonpartisan basis.

Spencer and Tishaura Jones also oppose a proposed aerial surveillance system aimed at fighting crime and were against leasing St. Louis Lambert International Airport to private companies.