First female to be elected as St. Louis, Missouri Mayor, Lyda Krewson
Former St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson: In a nationally followed, historical event, in March 2017, Lyda Krewson won the Democratic primary election as the 46th Mayor of St. Louis, Missouri. Krewson is the first female mayor of the city, which made national headlines. Winning the election against Tishaura Jones, Lewis Reed, Antonio French, and others on April 4, 2017, took office April 18, 2017.
The results of the election were overwhelming impressive as well, with Krewson given 39,471 votes representing 67.53% of the votes compared to Republican candidate, Andrew Jones Jr. given 10,112 votes representing 17.30%, Independent candidate Larry Rice given 6.126 representing 10.48% of the votes, Green candidate, Johnathan McFarland given 1,231 votes representing 2.14% of the votes, Libertarian candidate Robert Cunningham given 515 votes representing .88% of the votes, Independent candidate Tyrone Austin given 241 votes representing .41% of the votes and Write-in Votes given 737 votes representing 1.26% of the votes.
Krewson was born in Davenport, Iowa, on January 13, 1953. She has two children, Jack and Taylor.
Krewson graduated from Truman State University with an education degree. She then moved to St. Louis and earned a degree in accounting from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO.
Krewson’s husband, Jeff Krewson, an architect, was murdered in 1995 in a carjacking incident in front of their home located in the Central West End.
Krewson remarried in 1998 to Mike Owens and is still married.
Krewson is a CPA and had previously worked as an auditor Deloitte and CFO of PGAV, an international design and planning firm.
Before being elected as Mayor, Krewson served as the 28th Alderwoman from 1997 to 2017.
Krewson has served as Chairman of the Board of Aldermen’s Transportation & Commerce Committee and chairman of the Ways & Means, Convention & Tourism, and Parks & Environment committees.
As evidenced by her past passions, being more than just another politician, Krewson took out a home equity loan in 2003 to help fight Missouri’s concealed carry law, which turned out to be an unfortunate event.
In 2011 Krewson led the effort to pass a smoking ban, which turned out to be a successful effort.
Krewson has worked to reduce panhandling (begging) in the CWE. She introduced the REAL Change Program encouraging social services for people in need of help.
St Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson
City Hall – Room 200
1200 Market Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
Phone: (314) 622-3201