St. Louis Alderman Lyda Krewson held off city Treasurer Tishaura Jones and won a crowded Democratic mayoral primary fight Tuesday night, making her the front-runner to become the city’s 46th mayor in next month’s general election.
Republican Andrew Jones, a utility executive, won his party’s primary, bringing in 62 percent of the vote.
Krewson, the city’s 28th Ward alderman, watched as an early lead evaporated, with Jones gaining momentum. In the end, Krewson finished with 32 percent of the vote, according to complete but unofficial returns. Jones garnered 30 percent of the vote; only 888 votes separated the two.
A victory next month would make Krewson the first woman in the city’s history to hold the office. Krewson, 64, is expected to easily beat a Green Party candidate, a Libertarian, an Independent and Jones, the Republican, in the April 4 general election in the overwhelmingly Democratic city.