Ella Jones Becomes The First African American Mayor of Ferguson

Ella Jones became the first African-American and first woman elected mayor in Ferguson, Missouri, on Tuesday, nearly 6 years after the city erupted in protests after a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, a black teenager.

Jones secured her historic victory with 53% of the vote over Councilwoman Heather Robinett, who had 47%.

The St. Louis County Election Board said all those results were based on 100% of the polling places reporting countywide.

This was the second time Jones ran for mayor in Ferguson. In 2017, she lost to incumbent James Knowles III, who was barred by term limits from seeking a fourth term Tuesday.

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