St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones will be the first Black woman to serve as mayor of St. Louis after defeating Alderwoman Cara Spencer in Tuesday’s general election.
Jones defeated Spencer with 51.68% of the vote. Jones and Spencer, both Democrats, advanced to the general election after St. Louis’ first nonpartisan primary election.
Jones, the city’s treasurer since 2013, was successful in her second mayoral campaign. Jones will succeed the woman who defeated her in the 2017 primary election, Lyda Krewson.
Krewson became the city’s first woman mayor after winning the general election in 2017.
Jones will be the third Black mayor in the history of the city, and the first since Clarence Harmon, who served from 1997 to 2001.
When she takes office, Jones will take the lead on what to do with American Rescue Plan funds, issues surrounding the St. Louis City Justice Center and increasing violent crime in the city.