Jones, who will be the first black woman to occupy the office, went into the election campaign as the favorite after finishing first in the four-way premiere on March 2nd. Spencer, a councilor since 2015, came in second in the primary.
Jones, 49, emphasized her eight years of executive experience as treasurer, citing her efforts to modernize parking operations and five years before that as a state representative.
“We do not have time for leadership to learn about the job,”
She also cited her existing relationships at the local, state and federal levels, particularly with St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, who supported her. That would bode well for cooperation between town and county, she said.
Spencer, 42, portrayed herself as an independent of old-fashioned town hall politics and as an enemy with special interests, citing her leadership on the board to fight, among other things, the leasing of St. Louis Lambert International Airport.
“We need to turn the page to cronyism and the political dynasties that have presided over decades of decline and disinvestment,” she said in the same debate.
It was an apparent reference to Jones and her father, Virvus Jones, a former city inspector and councilor.