Lyda Krewson

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Lyda Krewson
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46th Mayor of St. Louis
Assumed office
April 18, 2017
Preceded byFrancis Slay
Personal details
Born (1953-11-14) November 14, 1953 (age 65)
Davenport, Iowa, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Jeff Krewson (Deceased 1995)
Mike Owens (1998–present)
Children2
EducationTruman State University (BA)
University of Missouri, St. Louis (BS)
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Lyda Krewson (born November 14, 1953[1]) is an American Democratic politician who is the 46th and current Mayor of St. Louis, Missouri.[2] Between 1997 and 2017, she served as the alderman of St. Louis's 28th ward.[3] She is the first female mayor of St. Louis.

In 2017 Krewson won the St. Louis mayoral election, winning the March 7 Democratic primary against Tishaura Jones, Lewis Reed, Antonio French, and others. She won the general election on April 4, and took office on April 18.

Education[edit]

After graduating from Truman State University with a degree in education, Krewson moved to St. Louis where she earned an accounting degree at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.[3][4]

Political career[edit]

As the alderman of St. Louis's 28th ward, in 2003, Krewson took out a home equity loan to help fund an unsuccessful campaign against Missouri's concealed carry law, which was passed. In 2011, she led the city's successful effort to pass a smoking ban.[5] Krewson served as the Chairman of the Board of Aldermen's Transportation & Commerce Committee. Previously she served as the chairman of the Ways & Means, Convention & Tourism, and Parks & Environment committees.[6]

Krewson worked to reduce panhandling in the Central West End (CWE) neighborhood by introducing the REAL Change Program, which encourages social services for those in need.[7]

With the retirement of four-term mayor Francis Slay, Krewson entered a crowded seven-way Democratic primary–the real contest in this heavily Democratic city. St. Louis has not elected a Republican mayor since 1949. She won with 32 percent of the vote, finishing just 888 votes ahead of the runner-up, City Treasurer Tishaura Jones.

In the general election, she defeated Republican candidate Andrew Jones with 67 percent of the vote,[8] becoming the first female chief executive in the city's history.

St. Louis Mayor, General Election 2017[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lyda Krewson 39,471 67.53
Republican Andrew Jones Jr. 10,112 17.30
Independent Larry Rice 6,126 10.48
Green Johnathan McFarland 1,241 2.14
Libertarian Robert Cunningham 515 0.88
Independent Tyrone Austin 241 0.41
N/A Write-in Votes 737 1.26

Personal[edit]

Born near Davenport, Iowa, Krewson moved with her family to St. Joseph, Missouri and Fairfield, Illinois before settling in Moberly, Missouri where she graduated high school.[10] In 1974 she graduated from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State) with a degree in psychology and a special education minor.[11]

In 1995 Krewson's husband, Jeff Krewson, was murdered in an attempted carjacking in front of their house. In 1998, she married local news anchor Mike Owens.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Twitter: Mayor Lyda Krewson
  2. ^ Krewson cruises to a historic victory in St. Louis to win mayor's office
  3. ^ a b About Lyda Krewson
  4. ^ a b "Lyda Krewson, Mayor". St. Louis MO. City of Saint Louis. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  5. ^ Addo, Koran (5 Apr 2017). "Krewson cruises to a historic victory in St. Louis to win mayor's office". St. Louis Post Dispatch. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Lyda Krewson, Mayor". St. Louis MO. City of Saint Louis. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Real Change Campaign". Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative. Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Democrat Lyda Krewson declares victory in St. Louis mayoral race". FOX2now.com. 2017-04-05. Retrieved 2017-04-11.
  9. ^ "Lyda Krewson - Ballotpedia". Ballotpedia. Ballotpedia. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  10. ^ Duggan, Eileen (17 June 2011). "BALANCING ACT Lyda Krewson finds time for family, career and public service as alderman of the 28th Ward". West End Word. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  11. ^ Duggan, Eileen (17 June 2011). "BALANCING ACT Lyda Krewson finds time for family, career and public service as alderman of the 28th Ward". West End Word. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
Political offices
Preceded by
Francis Slay
Mayor of St. Louis
2017–present
Incumbent