Black Woman For The First Time Has Been Elected As A Mayor
For the first time in History, a 65year old Black-American woman named Ella Jones despite the corona crises and various issues rising across the world like the Black Lives Matter Movement and all has been elected as the Mayor in Ferguson, Missouri on June,
Six years ago a black man known as Michael Brown Jnr was was fatally shot by 28-year-old white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
Ella Jones being the first woman has been chosen by voters to lead the north St. Louis County municipality. Ella is the first Black chosen where protests helped propel the Black Lives Matter movement into a nationwide crusade.
Her history-making victory marks the second time Jones broke down barriers in her local government. In 2015, she became the first Black woman to serve on the Ferguson City Council. Despite the Black community making up nearly 70% of Ferguson’s population, the city’s government and police force were largely white at the time.
Jones joined the city government just months after the 2014 death of Michael Brown. His death sparked nationwide protests over police brutality and helped put the Black Lives Matter movement on the map.
Jones defeated fellow council member Heather Robinett. Jones will succeed James Knowles III, who defeated Jones in the 2017 mayoral election and held the office since April 2011. Knowles could not run for re-election due to term limits.
Jones has been a Ferguson resident for more than 40 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Missouri — St. Louis and completed training in municipal leadership from the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life at UMSL.
Jones is also a pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and is on the boards of the Emerson Family YMCA and of the St. Louis MetroMarket.
As a council member, she served on the human rights, traffic, landmarks, senior citizens, parks and West Florissant Business Association boards.
Her campaign largely focused on raising property values in Ferguson and attracting new homeowners.