Nikylan Knapper makes history becoming 1st Black mayor of Maplewood

Nikylan Knapper has become the first African American in the history of Maplewood, MO, to be elected its mayor. With all polling places reporting, Knapper defeated incumbent mayor Barry Greenberg 822 to 588 votes, winning 58.3% of the vote, according the St. Louis County Election Board.

Knapper posted on Facebook: “We made history tonight, I am honored and so excited to be the next Mayor of Maplewood! Tonight we celebrate, tomorrow we get to work!”

Hear Mayor-Elect Knapper interviewed on St. Louis Public Radio Tuesday, April 13 at noon.

St  Louis County council member and Maplewood resident Lisa Clancy posted this photo of Knapper and her husband Sam Knapper election night.

In the contest for the two open seats on the Maplewood Richmond Heights School Board, Amber Withycombe took the most votes with 1,320 and Rachel Goltzman was second with 1,097. They defeated incumbent Ralph Posley who received 849.

Maplewood mayor-elect Knapper will leave her post on the school board. The board will make a nomination to fill her place and finish her term.

11 thoughts on “Nikylan Knapper makes history becoming 1st Black mayor of Maplewood

  1. I agree with this statement about Berry Greenberg.
    Uncle Jedd on April 8, 2021 at 6:54 am said:

    Greenberg did himself no favor with his endless posts here – cemented his reputation as a political hack. Looking forward to our new mayor’s plans for MPW and a better functioning government.

  2. I voted for Barry because I valued his experience and long service of Maplewood. But the people of Maplewood have spoken and I for one am excited about the future we have with Nikylan. Much respect and appreciation to Barry for all of his years of service to Maplewood.

  3. Greenberg did himself no favor with his endless posts here – cemented his reputation as a political hack. Looking forward to our new mayor’s plans for MPW and a better functioning government.

  4. I am excited about the election results and our future. I am also grateful to Mr. Greenberg and Mr. Posley for their many years of service to our community.

  5. Greenberg handed her the election on this forum acting like a nit-wit. Good news folk’s Caitlyn Jenner is mulling a run for governor of California perhaps Greenberg could hire on with her, him, whatever as a consultant.

    • Mr. Completely, that type of ignorance and transphobia has no place in Maplewood. This is hate poorly disguised as a joke. Rethink your life choices that caused you to post this.

  6. Congratulations, Nikylan! This victory is well deserved. We are fortunate to have you in our community and thrilled to call you Mayor Knapper! We are ready to support the important work you’ve already begun. Thank you for your willingness to serve.

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