St. Louis Alderman Lyda Krewson, whose campaign placed heavy emphasis on a crime crackdown, won a hotly contested primary election yesterday, putting her in line to be the city’s next mayor, says the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in an editorial. Many of her campaign ads cited the 1995 carjacking in which her husband was fatally shot outside their home while Krewson and her two children sat in the back seat. Today’s crime picture is complicated by an opioid and heroin trafficking epidemic that feeds ever-higher levels of violence and homicide.
Some believe Police Chief Sam Dotson isn’t up to the challenge. Krewson was one of the few candidates to refrain from calling for Dotson’s dismissal, which was a prudent move given that he cannot be fired without cause, the Post-Dispatch says. Krewson, 64, wasn’t endorsed by the newspaper to replace Francis Slay, but the paper believes “she is solidly grounded in the fundamentals of leadership to guide St. Louis through the challenging times ahead.” Krewson has been a certified public accountant and corporate chief financial officer. The Post-Dispatch says that city residents “are teeming with frustration over joblessness, high poverty rates and inattention to blighted neighborhoods.”