As Gov. Mike Parson toured St. Louis on Friday with St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and Kansas City Mayor Sly James, the trio frequently reiterated a common goal: strengthening the relationship between state officials and the leaders of its two largest cities.
The leaders admitted that Parson, a Republican from Bolivar, and Krewson and James, the leaders of predominantly Democratic urban centers, often disagree on policy. But they are touring the two cities and taking a third trip to rural Missouri in hopes of forging understanding and finding common ground on some issues.
That effort follows 18 months of strained relations between Parson’s predecessor, Eric Greitens, and the two cities’ mayors.
“Before we can actually start making requests and demands of each other, we have to have built some trust between each other to know that we’re not playing games here,” James said.