Ella Jones Elected First Black Mayor of Ferguson

Ella Jones is the first African-American and the first woman to be elected mayor in Ferguson, Missouri.

On Tuesday night, the 65-year-old beat out fellow city councilwoman Heather Robinett with 54 percent of the vote.

“I’ve got work to do — because when you’re an African-American woman, they require more of you than they require of my counterpart,” Jones said after her victory in a YouTube video posted by journalist Jason Rosenbaum. “I know the people in Ferguson are ready to stabilize their community, and we’re going to work together to get it done.”

Jones will succeed James Knowles III, who has been the mayor since 2011 and was unable to run for re-election because of term limits. Knowles previously defeated Jones in the 2017 mayoral election.

Jones made history in 2015 when she became the first black woman elected to the City Council.

Jones has been a Ferguson resident for more than 40 years and previously worked as a cosmetics sales director for Mary Kay. She is also a pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

On August 9, 2014, the suburb of St. Louis gained nationwide attention when Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was fatally shot by 28-year-old white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

The incident resulted in protests and riots, beginning the day after Brown was killed.

Wilson was not indicted and eventually resigned from his position.


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