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St. Louis Mayor Election 2021

Gov. Mike Parson addresses the Missouri General Assembly during the State of the State Address held January 15, 2020.
Marta Payne | Special to St. Louis Public Radio

On the first Politically Speaking roundup show of 2020, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum, Julie O’Donoghue and Jaclyn Driscoll recap Gov. Mike Parson’s State of the State address.

During Parson’s speech, the GOP chief executive focused on the effort to get a handle on violent crime in Missouri’s biggest cities — and discussed how his administration is managing the state’s Medicaid program.

St. Louis Alderwoman Cara Spencer announced plans Monday on St. Louis on the Air to challenge Mayor Lyda Krewson for the city's highest office.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 1:45 p.m. Jan. 13, with comments from Spencer

Cara Spencer, an alderwoman from south St. Louis, will challenge Mayor Lyda Krewson in 2021.

“I want to live in a city that works,” Spencer, D-20th Ward, said Monday on St. Louis on the Air. “St. Louis is uniquely poised to be the next fastest-growing city. We are a great old city, but we’re broken in a lot of ways, and I’m running for mayor to fix that.”

Spencer is the first Krewson opponent to announce a run for the office. Krewson told St. Louis on the Air last year that she intended to seek re-election.