Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Alderman Cara Spencer Running for Mayor of St. Louis

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Alderman Cara Spencer Running for Mayor of St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS -- Cara Spencer, a progressive who has served on the Board of Aldermen since 2015, said Monday she will run for mayor, hoping to dislodge incumbent Lyda Krewson in the March 2021 Democratic primary.

"For the last five years I've had a bird's-eye view of city government, and we are failing our citizens in basic fundamental ways," Spencer, 41, told the Post-Dispatch.

"I believe St. Louis is uniquely positioned to be the next fastest-growing city in the nation. It takes leadership and vision to get us there. I'm running for mayor to provide that vision and to fix this great city that we have that is currently broken."

In announcing her candidacy, Spencer pointed to opposition to the city's bid to privatize operations at St. Louis Lambert International Airport as a "path forward" for the city. The effort drew together different groups including community activists, some unions and business leaders, said Spencer, a staunch airport privatization critic who co-sponsored a bill to require a public vote on leasing major city assets.

"It's inspiring to see different groups of people coming together and working together for the common good," Spencer said. "I see that as a new way of leading a path forward for the future of the city."

Spencer announced her candidacy in an interview Monday on St. Louis on the Air, a program on radio station KWMU (90.7 FM). The 20th Ward alderman was the first candidate to formally announce a campaign to run for mayor next year, although Krewson said in a recent interview with KSDK (Channel 5) that she "absolutely" would be a candidate in 2021. The winner of the Democratic primary March 2 will likely go on to win the general election April 6.

Krewson, the city's 46th mayor and the first woman elected to the office, coasted to victory in 2017 in the general election after narrowly winning a crowded Democratic primary. She defeated city Treasurer Tishaura Jones by 888 votes.

Jones said Monday that she is focused on winning reelection to the treasurer's office in August but that she has not ruled out a bid for mayor in 2021. …

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