Kansas City’s mayor will speak at the St. Louis mayor’s inaugural Tuesday.
Sly James will deliver the pre-inaugural address for Lyda Krewson, who was elected St. Louis’ 46th mayor on April 4. She is the first woman ever elected to the office, breaking a tradition of men holding the post for 194 years. Krewson was a longtime city alderwoman who coasted to victory over a field of political novices, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“I’m honored Mayor James will deliver the pre-inaugural address at my inauguration,” Krewson said in a statement. “I look forward to the cooperation between our two great cities.”
Mayor James and Krewson have not worked together previously, but James has enjoyed a strong working relationship with outgoing Mayor Francis Slay and values a partnership with the city of St. Louis, according to his press secretary, James Roberts. James will speak for about 10 minutes, talking about Mayor-elect Krewson’s leadership and the mutual interest for a continued collaboration between Kansas City and St. Louis.
The swearing-in ceremony takes place at noon in the City Hall Rotunda.
James was first elected mayor of Kansas City in 2011 and was re-elected in 2015. He will be term-limited out of office in 2019.