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St. Louis, Missouri is the second-largest city in Missouri, . It is located on the eastern border of the state, near the confluence of the Mississippi and the Missouri Rivers. As of 2020, the city proper had a population of around 301,500,[1] while the bi-state metropolitan area, which extends into Illinois, had an estimated population of over 2.8 million, making it the largest metropolitan area in Missouri, the second-largest in Illinois, and the 20th-largest in the United States.

St. Louis became part of the United States due to the Louisiana Purchase;[2] the city was then the point of embarkation for the Corps of Discovery on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In the 19th century, St. Louis became a major port on the Mississippi River. From the 1870 census until the 1920 census, it was counted as the fourth-largest city in the country. It separated from St. Louis County in 1877, becoming an independent city and limiting its own political boundaries.

Major research universities include Saint Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis.

Elections[edit | edit source]

St. Louis changed its method of selecting the mayor to Approval Voting in 2021.

2021 St. Louis mayoral election[edit | edit source]

main article: 2021 St. Louis mayoral election
March 2021 Primary Election Results
Tishaura Jones
Tishaura Jones
Approval: 57.0%
Party preference:
Democratic Party
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Tishaura Jones
Cara Spencer
Cara Spencer
Approval: 46.4%
Party preference:
Democratic Party
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Lewis E. Reed
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Approval: 38.6%
Party preference:
Democratic Party
Wikipedia:
Lewis E. Reed
Andrew Jones


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Approval: 14.4%
Party preference:
Republican Party
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The 2021 St. Louis mayoral election occurred in two stages, with an approval voting primary on March 2, 2021, and a two-candidate general election on April 6, 2021.[3] Incumbent Democratic mayor Lyda Krewson was eligible to seek re-election to a second term in office, but chose to retire.[4] In a primary field of four candidates, St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones and Alderwoman Cara Spencer advanced to the general election.[5] Jones narrowly defeated Spencer in the general election, becoming the first African-American woman elected to the office of mayor.[6]

See w:2021 St. Louis mayoral election to learn more about the first election using Approval.

Advocacy[edit | edit source]

see also: Advocacy/United States/Central

A couple of advocacy organizations endorse the use of approval voting in St. Louis elections:

  1. "2020 Census Demographic Data Map Viewer". Retrieved Aug 13, 2021.
  2. "Louisiana Purchase - United States history". Britannica.com. Archived from the original on May 1, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  3. "Upcoming Elections". Government of St. Louis. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  4. "St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson to retire, will not seek re-election". KMOV. November 18, 2020. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  5. Schlinkmann, Mark (March 3, 2021). "Tishaura Jones, Cara Spencer advance to St. Louis mayoral runoff". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Archived from the original on March 3, 2021. Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  6. KSDK Digital (April 6, 2021). "Tishaura Jones makes history as first Black woman to be St. Louis mayor". KSDK. Retrieved April 6, 2021.