By. Chris Stritzel
Today, History was made as Lyda Krewson became not only the 46th Mayor in the City's history but also the first woman Mayor of the City of St. Louis. The ceremony held in the Grand Rotunda of the Coty Hall Building was packed full of media and Lyda Supporters as well as the General public. If you are person like me (who didn't support now Mayor Krewson) it was an interesting event, but truly one that was well planned. My day at City Hall didn't start before this event began but actually, nearly 3 hours before the actual event took place.
I was invited by Alderman Joe Vaccaro of the 23rd Ward. I arrived at City Hall at 9:20 and watched Vaccaro's as well as the new members of the Board of Aldermen get sworn into office in the Board of Aldermen room in City Hall. The event was nice and was wel orchestrated. From there, I attended a party for the Aldermen in the Kennedy hearing room. After this, it was time for the swearing in of Lyda Krewson. As Joe went to stand on the stairs, I stood and watched Lyda take the oath of office as well as Darlene Green take the oath to become Comptroller for another term.
Diring this time, Mayor Sly James of Kansas City spoke about why he believes Lyda will work to strengthen the KC-STL relationship this growing the statewide economy. It was a interesting thing to have a speaker who is a Mayor of a neighboring City. Besides this, Lydas speech was full of promises and thank yous for the people who elected her into office. She was clearly happy. Following the ceremonies, I wondered around the City Hall and snapped a picture with the outgoing Mayor, Francis Slay.
Although this is a history making day for St. Louis, some on Twitter are declaring Lyda a "False Mayor" and that "She will be ousted after one term". But we shall City whether or not this really will be a one term Mayor. But now I have a personal message for Mayor Krewson featured directly below the slideshow.
Dear Mayor Krewson,
I Chris Stritzel congratulate you on becoming St. Louis' first woman Mayor. It must be a huge honor to hold that title. Besides this, I have a request for you, a simple request. Please, help heal the City. We are divided along racial lines which are holding us back from reaching our full potential of growing and reimagining our City again. If you could please work with the Public and Private sectors of the City, we can strengthen our economy and create a City that will have a growing population and strong growth for many years to come.
Thanks for Reading this.
Signed Chris Stritzel