Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – “Hi! I’m calling about Lyda Krewson’s campaign for mayor of St. Louis. May I count on your vote?”

Volunteers manned phone banks at 4236 Lindell Ave. on Wednesday, the first day of operation at Central West End Alderman Lyda Krewson’s new campaign office.

“I love St. Louis,” Krewson says when asked why she had decided to throw her hat into the ring to replace Francis Slay when he steps down after 16 years in office. “I think most St. Louisans love St. Louis, too. And I think we can be a city where it is the place to live, where our kids want to come back here and live.”

Gun control is high on her list of campaign priorities.

“Certainly that’s high on my agenda,” she explains. “I’d like to introduce legislation to ban assault weapons, to make it much harder to get guns in the city of St. Louis. That’s going to be a process because we have a state legislature that sees things differently than we do.”

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Krewson’s also happy to see the bounce that presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton received following her rough-and-tumble debate with Donald Trump Monday night, noting that just like the United States, the city of St. Louis has never had a female occupying its top elected office.

“Hillary’s candidacy has allowed people to see that, of course, a woman can be competent in an executive function,” Krewson says.

At the moment, she faces only one other declared candidate, St. Louis Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed.

However, many others are said to be considering a run for mayor.

That list includes city treasurer Tishaura Jones, Aldermen Antonio French and Jeffrey Boyd, police chief Sam Dotson and Collector of Revenue Gregg Daly.

The general municipal election is set for April 4, 2017.

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