Ferguson, Missouri Elects First African American Mayor In City’s History. Ella Jones Is Also First Woman Mayor
Ella Jones is also first woman mayor of Ferguson, six years after Michael Brown’s death
Soon-to-be Mayor Ella Jones is making history in Ferguson, Missouri.
She won the historic election Tuesday becoming the first woman and first African American to become mayor of the city outside St. Louis.
The country zeroed in on Ferguson six years ago after police shot and killed Michael Brown. He was a black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer.
Riots erupted around Ferguson and other places around the United States after Brown’s killing.
Jones told the St. Louis Dispatch, “It’s just our time,” Jones, 65, said in an interview Tuesday night. “It’s just my time to do right by the people.”
She’s been on the city council for the last five years and ran once before for mayor and lost.
Her bio on the Ferguson City Council website says Jones has been a resident of Ferguson for 40 years.
Former President Barrack Obama gave Mayor-elect Jones a shout out in a tweet thread talking about making change.
Second, a reminder of the difference politics and voting can make in changing who has the power to make real change in a community like Ferguson with a history of blatant discriminatory law enforcement practices.https://t.co/U0z9wMOx8z— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 3, 2020
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