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Cara Spencer

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Cara Spencer
Alderman, City of St. Louis for Ward 20
Assumed office
April 2015[1]
Personal details
Born (1978-09-11) September 11, 1978 (age 42)
Political partyDemocratic
EducationB.S. Mathematics, Truman State University[2]

Cara Spencer (born September 11, 1978), is an American politician from the state of Missouri. She currently serves on the Board of Alderman of the City of St. Louis representing 20th Ward which is located in South St. Louis City and includes Dutchtown, Gravois Park, Marine Villa, Mount Pleasant neighborhoods and the Cherokee Street Business District.[3]

On January 13, 2020, Spencer announced her intention to run for the political office of St. Louis Mayor in 2021.[4][5][3][6]

Early life[edit]

Spencer grew up in South St. Louis City and St. Louis County. She received a degree in Mathematics from Truman State University. Prior to becoming an elected official, she did mathematical modeling for St. Louis based company Tessellon.[3][6][2]

Political career[edit]

Spencer was first elected as Alderman of the city's 20th Ward in April 2015 after beating incumbent Craig Schmid - who held the seat for 2 decades - in the Democratic primary election, and beating independent candidate Stephen Jehle and Green Party candidate Vickie Ingram in the general election.[5][1][7]

After taking office in April 2015, Spencer worked to allocate resources to reopen the closed Marquette Swimming Pool, the largest outdoor public pool in the city of St. Louis. The pool reopened June 2015 for the summer season.[8]

During her first term in office she was the primary sponsor of legislation which enacted stricter campaign finance laws (Ordinance 70781),[9] legalized keeping chickens in residential backyards (Ordinance 70608),[10] imposed stricter air pollution standards than state requirements on asbestos in demolitions (Ordinance 70607),[11] required Paul McKee and other absentee landlords to pay fines for building code violations (Ordinance 70752),[12] required all future public meetings be posted electronically on the City website instead of paper taped to doors at city hall (Ordinance 70716),[13] imposed fines on payday lending operators (Ordinance 70392),[14] and protects victims of drug overdose by enacting the 1st municipal good Samaritan law in the US, granting immunity to drug possession charges to anyone calling 911 for help during an overdose (Ordinance 70311).[15][16]

Spencer worked with fellow alderman Chris Carter to co-develop and implement the "mow-to-own" program allowing residents to obtain an adjacent city-owned lot by mowing it for a period of 1 year.[17]

In October 2017, Spencer secured USD $1.6 Million in federal and local funding for upgrades to bike lanes on Louisiana Avenue from Meramec to Cherokee to make the region’s first "Calm Street".[18]

Re-election and second term[edit]

Spencer was re-elected in 2019 receiving 70% of the vote in the primary election and 96% of the vote in the general election.[7]

During her second term in office she passed legislation banning guns in city parks (Ordinance 71054),[19][20] introduced legislation authorizing Missouri’s first needle exchange program (Board Bill 148),[21] and led a successful campaign against privatizing St. Louis Lambert International Airport, which contributed to the privatization effort being cancelled.[22]

Consumers Council of Missouri[edit]

In 2016, Spencer was appointed the executive director of the Consumers Council of Missouri, a non-profit founded in 1971 which advocates for the collective interests of Missouri consumers through leadership and partnerships on issues such as utility rates, health care access, and personal finance.[23]


In 2016, an ethics complaint was filed against Spencer by attorney Jane Dueker. The complaint, alleged that Spencer failed to disclose a personal financial interest related to legislation she introduced regulating payday lending. The case was dismissed.[24]

Political offices[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Craig Schmid
Alderman of the 20th Ward


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Election Summary Report March 3, 2015" (PDF). St. Louis Government Website. 9 Mar 2015. Retrieved 21 Feb 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Cara Spencer Ward 20 Alderwoman". St. Louis Government Website. 13 Jan 2020. Retrieved 21 Feb 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Kevin S. Held (13 Jan 2020). "Alderwoman Cara Spencer to challenge Mayor Lyda Krewson in 2021 primary". Fox2Now. Retrieved 21 Feb 2020.
  4. Nassim Benchaabane (13 Jan 2020). "Alderman Cara Spencer running for mayor of St. Louis". St. Louis Today. Retrieved 21 Feb 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Danny Wicentowski (13 Jan 2020). "St. Louis Alderwoman Cara Spencer First to Challenge Krewson for Mayor". River Front Times. Retrieved 21 Feb 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Jason Rosenbaum; Jo Mannies (13 Jan 2020). "Politically Speaking: Alderman Spencer on entering the fray at the Board of Aldermen". St. Louis Public Radio. Retrieved 21 Feb 2020.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Cara Spencer on Ballotpedia". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 21 Feb 2020.
  8. Willis Ryder Artnold (15 Jun 2015). "St. Louis' largest outdoor public pool reopens and highlights diversity". St. Louis Public Radio. Retrieved 21 Feb 2020.
  9. "Ordinance 70781 An ordinance pertaining to campaign contribution limits". St. Louis Government. Retrieved 21 Feb 2020.
  10. "Ordinance 70608 Animal control bill". St. Louis Government. Retrieved 21 Feb 2020.
  11. "Ordinance 70607 Ordinance for regulation and control of air pollution". St. Louis Government. Retrieved 21 Feb 2020.
  12. "Ordinance 70752 Ordinance pertaining to Semiannual registration fee for buildings". St. Louis Government. Retrieved 21 Feb 2020.
  13. "Ordinance 70716 Ordinance regarding public meetings calendar". St. Louis Government. Retrieved 21 Feb 2020.
  14. "Ordinance 70392 Election Approving Permit Fees for Short-Term Loan Establishments". St. Louis Government. Retrieved 21 Feb 2020.
  15. "Ordinance 70311 Ordinance pertaining to drug related overdoses and medical assistance". St. Louis Government. Retrieved 21 Feb 2020.
  16. Doyle Murphy (24 Jun 2016). "'Good Samaritan' Law Bars St. Louis Cops from Arresting Drug Users Who Call 911 for Overdoses". River Front Times. Retrieved 21 Feb 2020.
  17. Doyle Murphy (14 Dec 2015). "Here's a New Plan for Overgrown St. Louis Lots: Mow to Own". River Front Times. Retrieved 21 Feb 2020.
  18. Mark Schlinkmann (1 Oct 2017). "Grant aims to make Louisiana Avenue a bike- and pedestrian-friendly alternative to South Grand". St. Louis Post Dispatch. Retrieved 21 Feb 2020.
  19. "Ordinance 71054 Prohibiting Firearms in City Parks". St. Louis Government. Retrieved 21 Feb 2020.
  20. Kevin Killeen (17 Oct 2019). "Gun-free city parks could be in future for St. Louis under proposed bill". KMOX. Retrieved 21 Feb 2020.
  21. Sarah Fentem (8 Nov 2019). "Giving St. Louis Drug Users Syringes Could Help Curb HIV, Other Diseases". St. Louis Public Radio. Retrieved 21 Feb 2020.
  22. Mark Schlinkmann (21 Dec 2019). "St. Louis airport privatization effort is dead, Krewson says". St. Louis Today. Retrieved 21 Feb 2020.
  23. Tim Curtis (20 May 2016). "Spencer named new executive director of Consumers Council of Missouri". Missouri Today. Retrieved 21 Feb 2020.
  24. Koran Addo (11 Oct 2016). "Ethics complaint? against St. Louis alderman dismissed". St. Louis Today. Retrieved 21 Feb 2020.

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