CITY HALL – A four-way mayoral race is now down to two candidates. Following the first nonpartisan election in St. Louis’ history, 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer will face Treasurer Tishaura Jones in the April 6 runoff for mayor.
Jones got 56.97 percent of the votes, or 25,374, while Spencer received 20,649 votes, or 46.36 percent.
The two other candidates, Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed and businessman Andrew Jones, were eliminated. Reed received 17,162 votes, or 38.53 percent, while Andrew Jones got 6,422 votes, or 14.42 percent.
Tuesday’s municipal primary was the first held under new nonpartisan rules, allowing voters to choose more than one candidate on the ballot. The new system is a result of the passing of Proposition D on Nov. 3. People may vote for as many candidates as they want in the first round, and the top two candidates advance to a final round. That guarantees that the winner will receive more than 50 percent.
As the two top contenders, Spencer and Jones will face off in a runoff to determine who will occupy the city’s top executive office for the next four years. Current Mayor Lyda Krewson announced in November that she would not run for re-election, opening the field for two new candidates.
Krewson did not endorse anyone in this race but has promised to work closely with the incoming mayor to ensure a smooth transition of power. The new mayor will have only 14 days to form a government once sworn in.
James Klein of MetroSTL.com contributed to this report.