Tishaura Jones is the first Black woman to be elected mayor of St. Louis
Posted By: Lailah Berry on April 07, 2021 |
Tishaura Jones was elected mayor of St. Louis yesterday, April 6th, making her the first Black woman to hold that position.
Results Tuesday evening showed Jones, the current city treasurer, passing her opponent Alderman Cara Spencer by a 52 percent to 48 percent margin. Jones campaigned as advocates for social justice who would implement criminal justice reform.
If you remember, St. Louis and nearby Ferguson were focal points of civil rights protests following the 2014 police **** of Michael Brown, around which time the Black Lives Matter movement gained national traction. This area is in need of reform.
Jones entered the race with an existing base of support from a failed 2017 mayoral campaign and winning bids for treasurer and ties to a slew of city officials, including St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, who endorsed her. After coming in first place in the March 2nd primary, She was considered a front-runner.
Tuesday’s race marked the second phase of St. Louis’s nonpartisan voting system. A March 2 primary was held in which voters could cast ballots for as many contenders as they wanted, while the April 6 runoff was designated just for those who won the broadest support.
Jones will be sworn in as mayor on April 20.
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