Ferguson elects Ella Jones as first black mayor
Added 06-03-20 09:29:01am EST - “Ferguson, Missouri, the city that made national headlines after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager ?" touching off massive protests ?" just elected Ella Jones to be its first black mayor.” - Foxnews.com
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Ferguson, Missouri, the city that made national headlines after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager – touching off massive protests – just elected Ella Jones to be its first black mayor.
The St. Louis suburb was the site of massive protests following the 2014 shooting. Now Jones will lead it as the whole country is seeing large-scale demonstrations against police brutality and racism following the death of George Floyd, though some of those demonstrations have also escalated into violent riots.
“It’s just our time,” Jones, 65, said Tuesday night, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It’s just my time to do right by the people.”
Jones, currently a city council member, will also be the first female mayor of Ferguson when she takes office later this month. She ran against fellow council member Heather Robinett. Incumbent mayor James Knowles III could not run again due to term limits. Jones had previously lost to Knowles in 2017.
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