ST. LOUIS – Twentieth Ward Alderman Cara Spencer is running for mayor of St. Louis. Spencer has put her name forward for the Democratic primary in March 2021.
“I’m in the race to be the next mayor because I believe in St. Louis,” Spencer said Monday. “I believe that it can once again be a city that grows and thrives.”
“As a member of the Board of Aldermen, I’ve had a front-row seat to the dysfunction in our city government and to the daily tragedies in our city’s most ignored neighborhoods,” she said in a statement. “But I’ve also been witness to the soul, kindness and goodness that abound in the people of St. Louis.
“It’s time for the city to serve all residents equitably. City Hall will be a place where honesty, collaboration and transparency are the guiding values and behaviors.”
Spencer made her announcement in an interview on KWMU’s weekday noontime show, “St. Louis on the Air.” She said her administration would focus on improving public safety and health, bringing the functions of City Hall offices out of the 1980s and into the 21st century, developing the local economy and jobs, and increasing the quality of education for the city’s children.
Spencer, 41, was elected alderman in the 20th Ward in 2015. She was re-elected in 2019 with a vote count of 660 vs. her opponent’s 289. Spencer chairs the Education and Youth Matters Committee of the board. The 20th Ward comprises Dutchtown, Gravois Park, Benton Park West and Marine Villa, where she lives with her 8-year-old son, Cy.
Spencer is the first Democrat to challenge incumbent Mayor Lyda Krewson for the job.
The primary will be held on March 2, 2021. The Democratic winner usually goes on to win the general election the following month.