Heather Navarro beat back two politically savvy rivals tonight to claim Mayor Lyda Krewson's former seat on the Board of Aldermen — and it wasn't even close.
Navarro earned 68.85 percent of the vote in the July 11 special election, handily besting both former alderman Steve Roberts Sr. and attorney Celeste Vossmeyer by more than 1,000 votes, according to final but unofficial results posted at 9:30 p.m.Vossmeyer finished second with 15.7 percent of the vote and Roberts won 14.35 percent. Jerome Bauer finished a distant fourth, with less than one percent of the vote.
Navarro won a critical nod from the Democratic City Central Committee in May, which gave her its endorsement to finish Krewson's term. She was the committee's second choice — their first, investment banker Elise Hoffman Miller, withdrew after it turned out she had not lived in the ward long enough to be eligible.
That wasn't Navarro's only important endorsement. She also earned the nod from Mayor Krewson. The longtime alderwoman, who was elected to the mayor's post in April, pushed hard for Navarro, even using her campaign committee to pay for a mailer touting her credentials. (The mailer, an independent expenditure, came as a "complete surprise" to the campaign, Navarro says.)
Navarro is the executive director of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment. She earned both her bachelor's and law degrees from Washington University.
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