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Krewson narrowly beats Jones for Democratic nomination for mayor


ST. LOUIS – Lyda Krewson is one step closer to becoming the next mayor of St. Louis.

The 28th Ward Alderman defeated St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones, Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed, Alderman Antonio French, Alderman Jeffrey Boyd, and St. Louis School Board member Bill Haas to win the Democratic nomination for the city’s highest office.

“Ten months ago, a few trusted friends and I sat around a kitchen table and we began a conversation,” Krewson said to a crowd of supporters at the Carpenter’s union hall in St. Louis. “The kitchen table led to a campaign, and the campaign evolved into a blueprint for change for St. Louis.”

Jones proved Krewson’s closest competition in the race; as Krewson brought home just a hair over 32 percent of the vote, Jones had just under 30.4 percent. A margin of 888 votes stood between Krewson and Jones.

Reed and French finished with 18.3 and 15.8 percent, respectively.

Although she still has one more election to go against Republican Andrew Jones, Libertarian Robb Cunningham, and Green Party nominee Johnathan McFarland, the city has a solid Democratic voting record. In all likelihood, Krewson will succeed St. Louis’ longest-serving mayor, Francis Slay, who decided not to run for a fifth term in office.

From go, Krewson led in polls from the Remington Research Group commissioned The Missouri Times, and the results largely matched up with what these polls predicted with the exception of Tishaura Jones, who far exceeded most polls which had her in fourth place.

Krewson will also likely become the city’s first female mayor.

This is a developing story which will be updated as more information comes in.