Election 2021: Spencer announces bid for St. Louis mayor

Spencer says crime is still the city's No. 1 issue

Alex Degman
January 13, 2020 - 8:34 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -- St. Louis Alderwoman Cara Spencer says she's running for St. Louis Mayor in 2021.

Before getting into politics Spencer worked as a mathematical modeler, advising corporations on how to make their companies more efficient. That same approach is something she says St. Louis needs.

"We have been on autopilot for a long number of years, through a parochial kind of political machinery that's been at the helm for a long time," Spencer told KMOX's Kevin Killeen. "I think city residents young and old are excited about the possibility of changing course and changing the trajectory of our city."

Spencer in recent years has been known for fighting against the process to privatize St. Louis Lambert International Airport and fighting against "rubber stamped" tax breaks for developers.

Spencer has been on the Board of Aldermen for five years, she's just into her second term. Her full-time job is Executive Director of the Consumers Council of Missouri, an organization that represents consumers against utilities and predatory lenders.

She says the number one issue facing the city is still crime.

"We're in a public safety crisis right now. We had 194 people killed last year. Across the St. Louis region, 18 children," Spencer said. "This is completely unacceptable. We have got to focus, laser sharp, on dealing with crime."

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