Six Years After Enduring Chaotic Race Riots, Ferguson, Missouri’s Voters Make Major History

Photo credits: AP/Jeff Roberson

Approximately, six years after a St. Louis County, Missouri town erupted in race-related turmoil following an unarmed young black male’s police-involved murder, this area’s predominantly black population in the city of Ferguson has helped make history.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper, the final results of a local election held on Tuesday (June 2) revealed a revolutionary victory. Voters in Ferguson, Missouri elected Ella Jones (pictured above), a member of their city council to the upgraded local office of Mayor. Jones, 65, won 54 percent of all votes to beat out fellow city councilwoman Heather Robinett.

After emerging victorious at the polls, Jones became the first woman and first black person ever to be elected as Ferguson’s mayor.

Jones held her Election Day watch party outside the Ferguson Community Empowerment Center. When she learned that she won the race for Ferguson’s mayoral office, she smiled widely and beamed with joy within the company of her closest campaign supporters who were in attendance. Jones also held an exclusive interview with the Post-Dispatch about her historic victory Tuesday evening.

“It’s just our time. It’s just my time to do right by the people,” Jones told the newspaper.

“[Ferguson residents see my win as a] glimmer of hope. People believe that they will be included, and things will be transparent. [James Knowles, III, Ferguson’s former mayor, did what was] right for him but [he did] not always [do what was] right for the people,” Ferguson’s new Mayor-elect also said.

This victorious campaign for Jones was her second mayoral bid in Ferguson. She lost her first bid in 2017. Because of laws that govern term limits for elected officials, Knowles, III, Ferguson’s former mayor, was ineligible to run in the previous campaign.

In August of 2017, Ferguson was the scene of bedlam after 18-year-old Mike Brown was killed by a local police officer. Brown (a black male) was confronted, then shot by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson (a white male). This controversial case of race and police brutality made Ferguson the American epicenter of racially-motivated chaos and sensationalized national news coverage.

Jones will be officially sworn in as Ferguson’s mayor during a historically-relevant inauguration on June 16.