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Lyda Krewson to become St. Louis’ first woman mayor

A woman will take over the St. Louis mayor’s office — a first in the city’s more than 250-year history.

Democrat LydaKrewson, the 28th Ward alderman since 1997, beat Republican Andrew Jones and four other candidates in Tuesday’s general election.

Her victory was expected in the majority-Democrat city and it was greater than her 888-vote win in the seven-way Democratic primary. Krewson won with 67.54 percent of the vote.

"As runners say, we ran through the tape tonight," Krewson said. "We shattered a ceiling tonight. And together, we made an historic moment right here in the city of St. Louis."

She said she'll begin assembling her mayoral staff Wednesday, but hasn't conducted any interviews yet. She also said that public safety remains her top priority.

First thing is to build a smart energetic team that wants to really help move the agenda forward. It’s two weeks until the swearing-in," Krewson said. "That’s not very long.”

Krewson had the backing of outgoing Mayor Francis Slay, as well as several other prominent city leaders.

A historical side note: Krewson won the office 130 years to the day that Argonia, Kansas’, Susanna Salter became the first woman to be elected mayor in the United States.

The other candidates in the general election were: Johnathan McFarland with the Green Party, Libertarian Robb Cunningham and independents Tyrone Austin and Larry Rice.


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Jo Mannies is a freelance journalist and former political reporter at St. Louis Public Radio.