Ella Jones

Ella Jones

Mayor, Ferguson, Missouri
Ferguson gets first black, woman mayor

Six years after Ferguson, Mo. erupted in protests after a white police officer shot and killed Black teenager Michael Brown, propelling Ferguson into the national spotlight and galvanizing the Black Lives Matter movement, Ella Jones was elected as the first Black and first woman mayor of the town.

In 2015, Jones became the first Black woman elected to the city council member in Ferguson, but she lost her first bid for mayor in 2017. Last year, however, the numbers were finally in her favor; she prevailed with 53 percent of the vote.

“My election gives people hope,” she told The New York Times in an interview. “Everybody is looking for a change, everybody wants to have a better way of life. You don’t want to go four blocks and worry about getting shot, nobody wants that. It is starting to get better. We are making changes.”

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