ST. LOUIS, MO/April 19, 2017 (STL.News) History is being made in St. Louis after Lyda Krewson was sworn in on Tuesday afternoon as the city’s first female mayor.
The St. Louis City Hall Rotunda was decked out in red, white, and blue, as hundreds gathered to watch the inauguration of Krewson as St. Louis’ 46th mayor.
“I’m well aware that I didn’t get here by myself and I won’t govern by myself either.” Krewson said in her inauguration speech.
“I hope you will all join me in dreaming big for our city and raising our collective sights high. As I have said many times during this campaign, we have a lot to be proud of St. Louis.” Krewson added.
Krewson noted such successes as the economic growth in the Cortex District and St. Louis being chosen by National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency for its new western headquarters.
Krewson said however that success hasn’t reached everyone in the city, pointing out that 30 percent of the city residents live in poverty and crime rates continue to climb.
Krewson has said those issues will be her top priority.
The 64-year-old city leader is no stranger to violent crime. In 1995, her then husband Jeff Krewson was fatally shot during an attempted carjacking outside of the couple’s Central West End home. Krewson and their two young children witnessed this tragic act.
This prompted Krewson to take this tragedy and channel it into something positive. She did so when she ran for St. Louis’ 28th ward. Krewson was elected to this post in 1997.
Former Mayor Francis Slay referenced the 1995 murder of Krewson’s husband in his endorsement for her as mayor.
“She didn’t pack her bags and run from the city,” Slay said.
“She immersed herself in our community to help make St. Louis a better place to raise a family. I’m voting for Lyda because she’s the right person to lead our city into the future.” Slay added.
Besides being an accomplished politician, Krewson has excelled in her career. After graduating with an education degree from Truman State University, earned her accounting degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lyda is a CPA, formerly an auditor for Deloitte, and served as the CFO of PGAV. She recently resigned from that position after winning the April 4th election.
Krewson is also the wife of former KSDK reporter and now attorney Mike Owens.