Ferguson, Missouri, the city where demonstrations assisted move the Black Lives Matter motion into an across the country crusade, elected its first Black mayor Tuesday night.
Ella Jones will likewise be the city’s first female mayor. The St. Louis County Board of Elections verified the news of her win with the St. Louis Dispatch, reporting that she protected 54% of the vote.
Her success in Tuesday’s election marks the second time Jones broke down barriers in her city government. In 2015, she ended up being the first Black lady to serve on the Ferguson City Council. Regardless of the Black neighborhood comprising almost 70% of Ferguson’s population, the city’s federal government and authorities force were mainly white at the time.
Jones signed up with the local government just months after the 2014 death of Michael Brown, a Black teen assassinated by a white policeman. His death triggered across the country demonstrations over authorities cruelty and assisted put the Black Lives Matter motion on the map.
“It’s a sad way we got known all the way around the world,” she stated in an interview last month.
Her campaign mainly concentrated on raising property worths in Ferguson and bring in brand-new house owners.
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