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!”
St Louis County council member and Maplewood resident Lisa Clancy posted this photo of Knapper and her husband Sam Knapper election night.
— Lisa Clancy (@lisadclancy) April 7, 2021
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.