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St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones announces candidacy for mayor

Jones ran for mayor in 2017, but was defeated by Krewson during the primary

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones will challenge Mayor Lyda Krewson to become the next mayor of St. Louis.

Jones officially announced her candidacy during an event Tuesday afternoon at Ivery Perry Park.

"The people of Saint Louis are ready to elect a Mayor who reflects them and their desire to have a government of, by, and for working families," a press release from Jones' campaign said.

Jones has served as the city's treasurer for the past eight years. She was previously a Democratic committeewoman and a former state representative

Jones ran for mayor in 2017 but was defeated by Krewson during the primary.

Tuesday, city voters passed Proposition D, which will do away with the partisan primary system in heavily Democratic St. Louis city.

RELATED: St. Louis passes Prop D, establishing non-partisan primary elections for citywide races

Proposition D will establish non-partisan elections — often referred to as approval voting — for the offices of mayor, comptroller, the board of alderman president and the board of aldermen.

Under the system, candidates from all parties would appear together on the primary ballot, and voters could vote for as many candidates on the ballot as they want regardless of party. The top two candidates from the primary would face each other in the general election, regardless of their political party.

St. Louis skews strongly Democratic, and so the winner of the Democratic primary generally goes on to win the general election. Proponents of Proposition D say allowing non-partisan elections will give voters the chance to choose who they think is the best fit for the job instead of simply voting along party lines.

For example, under this system, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson would have faced fellow Democrat and city treasurer Tishaura Jones in the 2017 mayoral election, possibly leading to a different result.

"We need to have a top-two runoff," said Jones last week. She supported Prop D's passage. "Partisan primaries, at least the way our system is currently setup, allows for spoiler candidates - people who are in the race that are there just to take votes away from other people...that's what we saw happen in 2017."  

Krewson weighed in on Prop D during her regular Facebook Live briefing Wednesday, saying the new process could lead to confusion among voters.

"We will be the guinea pigs for this in terms of a major city in our country for this kind of voting," she said. "And I hope it works out well. I think it's very confusing for the public."